David Coulthard believes Fernando Alonso will have the edge over Kimi Raikkonen this year, but doesn't expect fireworks at Ferrari.
The dynamic at Ferrari between the team-mates is highly anticipated, with both former world champions vying to lead the team's title challenge. Speaking exclusively to Crash.net for the 2014 season preview
, BBC co-commentator Coulthard said his experience of working with Raikkonen leads him to expect the pairing to work.
“Some people see it as being just a question of time for when it goes wrong, but I see it differently because I don't think that Kimi is a political animal,” Coulthard said. “I was team-mates with him at McLaren, he was just asleep and/or driving the car quickly. I believe he will continue to do the same thing at Ferrari.
“Across the season you have to expect Fernando to be able to get more out of the package just because of familiarity with the team, speaking the language. It's been built around him over the last few years; even though it's a big regulation change the basis of the car which you sit in has been developed around him. But we could be surprised, they're both world champions.”
Coulthard added that the only issue could stem from whether Raikkonen is prepared to endure any more tough years in his career.
“Whether Kimi is the wrong side of the curve age-wise; more than age really it's about the fact that you accumulate a certain amount of negativity and disappointment during your career and that baggage builds up. No career is full of success, success, success, and it's just a case of whether you eventually get p****d off, fed up and want to go off to do something else.
“So it will be intriguing to watch the two, but I don't see the fireworks – negative fireworks – I see positive fireworks driving each other on.”