F1 »

Di Montezemolo: Both drivers are delivering.

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has insisted that the Scuderia is 'very happy' with its driving line-up of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, despite the latter having displayed indifferent form for much of the 2008 Formula 1 campaign.

It was suggested to di Montezemolo in the wake of Raikkonen's poor performances for the majority of the season – the Finn having invariably appeared merely a shadow of the man who only twelve months previously lifted the drivers' laurels for the first time in his career – and Fernando Alonso's superb showings of late in the Renault, that perhaps Maranello had got the wrong combination for 2009.

The Italian, however, is adamant that not only does Ferrari have a line-up capable of securing constructors' glory for the squad ahead of McLaren-Mercedes in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos this weekend, but that Raikkonen and Massa are the right drivers to keep the Prancing Horse at the top of the F1 tree next year as well.

Raikkonen's form has seemed to pick up in the last two grands prix, as he both out-qualified and out-raced Massa in Japan and China.

“These types of thoughts we had four years ago,” di Montezemolo confessed in an interview with Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Now we are very happy.

“We are working on the title with a different driver to our champion of last year, and both of them are delivering to us the manufacturers' title.

“If there is one aspect with which we have no problems, it is our drivers. When Raikkonen was having a difficult time in the second part of the season, Massa was in extraordinary form.”

Last month, Massa revealed that he and Raikkonen are not friends away from the circuit and have 'no private relationship', stating: 'If we are together in a meeting, when it is finished he opens the door and is gone' [see separate story – click here].


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2008, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2008, Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber.F1.08, Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Team Principal  Ferrari, Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, Sakhir, Bahrain, 4-6th, April, 2008
30.04.2017 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 at drivers parade
30.04.2017 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 at drivers parade
30.04.2017 - Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H at drivers parade
30.04.2017 - Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
30.04.2017 - Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
30.04.2017 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
30.04.2017 - Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
30.04.2017 - Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
30.04.2017 - Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32
30.04.2017 - Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director
30.04.2017 - Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32
30.04.2017 - Mercedes AMG F1 W08, detail
30.04.2017 - Paul Hembery, Executive President of Pirelli Latam Region Consumer and Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director
30.04.2017 - Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32

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.




© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

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