Stefano Domenicali has admitted that Nico Hulkenberg
was in the running for a drive with Ferrari
for 2014 before the team eventually elected to re-sign Kimi Raikkonen.
Having taken the decision to replace Felipe Massa, Ferrari
looked into the options available when it came to finding a new partner for Fernando Alonso, with Hulkenberg being widely mentioned as one option to partner the Spaniard.
Speaking to Sport Bild
, Domenicali revealed that serious consideration had gone into whether or not to go for Hulkenberg, with the team boss refusing to rule out the possibility of a move in future.
“He [Hulkenberg] was one of the candidates and we thought long and hard about it,” he said. “Because he has more experience, we decided to opt for Kimi Raikkonen. But I can see Nico having a good chance in the future.”
The decision to bring in Raikkonen gives Ferrari
a potential explosive driver line-up for 2014, but Domenicali said he didn't expect any problems between the two.
"Choosing Kimi is definitely not a decision against Fernando,' he said. “They should provide us with race victories.
"Those who question our decision are probably afraid of our line-up. The combination will work because both are so different. Kimi knows the team, is fast, makes no mistakes and doesn't get involved in politics.
"The priority for us is to make sure that we have a good car. So I put the pressure on the engineers to make sure it happens. If it's fast, I expect no problems."