F1 » DC: Alonso will have too much for Raikkonen

David Coulthard predicts that Fernando Alonso will have the edge over Kimi Raikkonen when the pair team up at Ferrari next season

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December 23, 2013 4:00 PM

So lets see, Ferrari may be good next year, or maybe not. Raikkonen may be faster than Alonso, or maybe not. And Alonso may get p*ssed off, or maybe not.

More insightful reporting from Mr Dour...

In summary, "I don't know".

kosh naranek

December 23, 2013 4:38 PM

"David Coulthard has predicted that Kimi Raikkonen will 'have too much for Kimi Raikkonen' when the pair line up together with Ferrari for the 2014 F1 season."

So, Raikkonen will be his own worst enemy next year?


December 23, 2013 5:43 PM

A bit premature I would have thought, assuming the car is good I don't think there will be much between them. If the car is a bit of a dog Alonso will get more out of it than Raikonnen though so let's hope it's good and I think we will see some close racing between them. If the car turns out to be really bad Raikonnen will have it to himself in 2015 as Alonso will have stormed off to Mclaren.


December 23, 2013 6:37 PM

Between the two, Alonso is easily the superior. Raikkonnen is an outstanding natural talent as a driver, to be certain, but he's also less capable of dealing with cars that are not quite right, and tends to lose motivation too easily. His closing days at Lotus were typical and similar to his last races with Ferrari before when he just phoned it in with visibly uninspired drives. His lackluster end of this season then quitting over payment dispute with 2 races left is true Raikkonnen - not present in Alonso. If Alonso choses to press the right buttons, Kimi will do no better than Massa. It's very likely Raikkonnen went to Ferrari to close out his F1 career with a team that pays its bills on time. He is not in the position to turn this into a championship run, or be the star of the team - Alonso will simply not allow that to happen, no matter the condition of the car.


December 23, 2013 7:00 PM

I do not believe Alonso is clearly superior. I believe you can probably throw a blanket over the top four drivers in F1 where talent is concerned. DC expressed surprise when Kimi performed well on his return to F1, having predicted that he would not be successful. DC does not respect Kimi and I think his judgment is biased towards him.
As for the Alonso versus Kimi battle, it is too difficult to call and may rely on team polemics as much as anything. We know Kimi will not be bothered by comments or press clippings. As long as the car is equally prepared he will be fine. Alonso not so much. If he starts strong he could dominate the team. But if not, he will complain and this will not be well received. Let's not forget, he is the one who clearly tried to leave Ferrari last year, where Kimi is returning as the chosen one to a team that feels it made a mistake in firing him. And of the two, only only one has won a world championship for Ferrari. Kimi. And that matters.


December 23, 2013 8:34 PM

Benignly, Yes Kimi won a championship at Ferrari but I don't think that will give him any sort of advantage within the team next season. Lets be honest Kimi's Ferrari championship came thanks to civil war at McLaren in 2007, if there had been similar troubles within RBR last year there's little doubt that Alonso would have won that championship.
I'm with Kevin, in terms of consistently performing at the highest level Alonso is clearly ahead of Kimi.
The other thing that's worth mentioning is I'm pretty sure Alonso will be 100% motivated and determined to beat Kimi, where as I'm sure Kimi would like to beat Alonso but if it doesn't work out he wont lose any sleep over it, maybe that's the big difference between the two.

I prefer Kimi as an individual but betting against Alonso seems a good way to lose money.


December 23, 2013 8:38 PM

Reports of Alonso looking to leave Ferrari are media fiction. There is no actual evidence he was in talks with anyone. Reporting was media BS, created to lead to answers like "We'd love to have Alonso" or "Id prefer so and so over Alonso", etc.. - that were then construed as a big story. F1 media is filled with more misinformation, fantasy and fiction than a Harry Potter story - and nearly as awful.

I do agree the top four are very closely matched in talent. I don't agree they are equal in their approach to the hard work and hyper commitment of winning championships. In this, Alonso and Vettel have the edge on the rest. Raikkonnen doesn't always commit through a whole season and Hamilton is easily distracted by the trappings of celebrity. Following Alonso's career, I can't see the any indication he has ever allowed himself to be subordinated by a team mate. 2014 will not change that. I like Raikkonnen. I just feel he is on the wrong team.


December 23, 2013 9:09 PM

kevin. what evidence do you have that it was all media bs? it was pretty obvious that half way through the season , ferdi was fed up with Ferrari and Ferrari was fed up with ferdi. briatore was handling negotiations and you can bet your bottom dollar that he was in fact discussing various options with various teams. top of his list would have been rbr, as he had prior knowledge of webber retiring. Ferrari obviously were concerned and opened discussions with other drivers, including kimi.

kimi and ferdi have different temperaments, but ifthetwo are atching each other, it will be ferdi who cracks whilst kimi stays cool so at the end of the season, I could see kimi prevailing.

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