3 January 2014
di Montezemolo admits Ferrari 2014 F1 line-up is ‘dangerous’
Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso present a potential flash-point for Ferrari in 2014, but the Scuderia knows it is what it needs to return to the front in F1.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has again spoken out about the decision to re-sign Kimi Raikkonen as team-mate to Fernando Alonso in 2014, admitting that there is the potential for trouble in Maranello as a result.
The flamboyant Italian backed the decision to pair the two world champions after several seasons where Felipe Massa was the acknowledged 'number two' to the likes of Michael Schumacher, Raikkonen and Alonso, as the Scuderia looked to combat Red Bull's recent ascent to the pinnacle of F1 with two potential racewinners in its cars.
Despite having once warned about the dangers of putting 'two roosters in the same henhouse', di Montezemolo insisted that he was not worried about his 2014 partnership, claiming that both drivers knew what the team expected of them.
"Putting Alonso and Raikkonen together could be dangerous but, in F1, everything is potential danger," he was quoted by Reuters, "I think that Fernando knows that he drives not for himself but for Ferrari - and Raikkonen knows that he is in the second half of his career, [with] two very important years for him, with experience and responsibilities."
Looking to the Finn to put more points on the board than Massa had been able to do in recent seasons, di Montezemolo again hinted that his role was still to support Alonso's individual title bid.
"[Stefano] Domenicali has spoken very clearly to both of them," he confirmed, "They have the honour and the responsibility to drive for Ferrari and every driver knows that he has to drive not for himself, but for the team.
"If a driver wants to drive for himself, there are many possibilities. They can do their own team, they can go in a different team but, in Ferrari, these are the rules."
Raikkonen is renowned, infamously, for his lack of appetite for the essentials that go with the role of F1 driver, but di Montezemolo was equally quick to point out that the 34-year old will have to pull his weight when it comes to the development of the 2014 car, as the sport moves into a new technical era.
"Kimi will be extremely busy from the beginning of January to work in this strange machine that I don't like at all - the simulator," the president confirmed before Christmas.
Raikkonen, who underwent back surgery in November and missed the last two races of the 2013 season, is also expected to be first to try out the 2014 car, when pre-season testing gets underway at Jerez at the end of the month.
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