F1 »

Rossi: Raikkonen 'is not very fast'

Record-breaking multiple MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi has suggested that the reason Kimi Raikkonen has been dropped by Ferrari to make way for Fernando Alonso in F1 in 2010 is that the 2007 title-winner 'is not very fast'.

It was finally officially confirmed by the Scuderia earlier this week that Alonso is to jump ship from current employer Renault to Maranello on a three-year contract from next season onwards, alongside Felipe Massa, who is continuing to recover from head and eye injuries sustained in the accident he suffered during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring just over two months ago.

Rossi – who is bidding to add a seventh premier class crown to his extraordinary career CV this year with Yamaha – believes Ferrari have made the right choice.

“I know that in Ferrari they are all very excited about Alonso,” revealed the Italian, himself still linked with an eventual future in scarlet once he hangs up his motorcycling helmet, following a number of tests for the most famous and illustrious team in F1 history in recent years. “I don't know him personally; maybe I will get the chance in the future.

“Ferrari, after [Michael] Schumacher [left], put everything on Raikkonen, but Kimi had some problems after the first year – he is not very fast. In the last two years, especially before his big accident, Massa was stronger than Raikkonen. Maybe for that reason Ferrari decided to keep Massa – and also to give [him] another chance after his bad luck in Hungary.

“They needed another top driver, and Alonso is a two-time world champion. He beat Michael for the last two years of his career, and I think in Italy all the F1 fans are very excited about Alonso and Ferrari.”

Ever the showman, whilst testing for Ferrari several years ago Rossi challenged Alonso to a duel on both two wheels and four, after the Spaniard had claimed that he could similarly compete within a second of the leading pace in MotoGP – and the 30-year-old Urbino native admitted that he hoped one day the 21-time grand prix-winner would indulge his whim.

“Yes it's true,” remarked the 103-time race-winner. “I wanted to make a bet with Alonso and have a heat with MotoGP, F1 and a rally car – but he said he didn't have time! Maybe in the future it will be possible…”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Rossi, Czech MotoGP Race 2009
Singapore Grand Prix Autocourse review
Singapore Grand Prix Autocourse review
Singapore Grand Prix Autocourse review
Singapore Grand Prix Autocourse review
Singapore Grand Prix Autocourse review
Singapore Grand Prix Autocourse review
Singapore Grand Prix Autocourse review
Singapore Grand Prix Autocourse review
Singapore Grand Prix Autocourse review
George Follmer tackles Casino Square at the Monaco Grand Prix, 03/06/1973
Toshio Suzuki at the Japanese Grand Prix, 24/10/1993
07.09.2014 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
07.09.2014 - Race, 1st position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, 2nd position  Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
07.09.2014 - Race, 1st position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, 2nd position  Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
07.09.2014 - Race, 1st position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, 2nd position  Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
07.09.2014 - Race, 1st position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, 2nd position  Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
07.09.2014 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


daves - Unregistered

October 02, 2009 2:38 PM

if those people who think they have read that rossi said kimi is not fast period, try reading it again, he clearly means since he won the title.the fast kimi has been absent without leave, that is why he lost his drive at ferrari.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.