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Ex-Ferrari man queries Raikkonen choice

Former Ferrari sporting director Cesare Fiorio questions if re-signing Kimi Raikkonen was the right move for the team
Former Ferrari sporting director Cesare Fiorio has questioned the decision to re-sign Kimi Raikkonen for the 2014 F1 season.

Raikkonen will rejoin the team on a two-year deal as replacement for Felipe Massa, making a return to the team that released him from his contract ahead of schedule when it signed Fernando Alonso for 2010.

While that gives the team a line-up featuring two championship winners, Fiorio questioned the decision to bring the 33-year-old back rather than look at promoting a young driver into the seat.

Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg had also been linked to Ferrari, while Jules Bianchi has also been mentioned as a possible option after impressing with backmarkers Marussia this year.

"I admire Kimi's talent, but his lifestyle and his approach to technology are less my thing,” Fiorio told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I would not have signed him.

"For me, this is a conservative choice. I would have liked it better if Ferrari had opted for a young, aspiring driver, not one in the autumn of his career. Kimi does not lead an athlete's life and in addition, he packs his belongings after the sessions and goes, so how much technical contribution can he make?"

Despite that, Fiorio said he didn't think there would be any issues between the two drivers despite neither being afforded number one status.

“I do not see any problems between the two,” he said. “To have two champions in the team is a good thing. It is better than keeping Massa for another season as his performance has dropped in the past four years and I don't think that he will return to his old level.”



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MikeP

September 12, 2013 6:31 PM

".....he packs his belongings after the sessions and goes, so how much technical contribution can he make?" Does this have anything to do with the Lotus team's lack of progress? Even if they were not budget-constrained, how can they develop a car without feedback?



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