While the press ponders the 2014 lineup at Ferrari, we thought we’d ask you about the duo of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. Gazzetta dello Sport has Sir Jackie Stewart suggesting that the pairing of Kim and Fernando could unsettle Alonso.

AUTOSPORT has quoted former Ferrari sporting director, Cesare Fiorio, as saying he thinks the move is conservative and that he would have recommended a younger driver.

“In my opinion it’s a conservative choice. I would have gone for an emerging driver rather than one at the tail end of his career.

“He doesn’t live like an athlete and to be champion in F1 talent is not enough.

“You need physical, technical and psychological effort and, from what I know and have seen, he’s the type of guy who takes his bag and leaves shortly after the sessions.

“I don’t know how much technical contribution he can bring.”

Other Formula 1 journalists feel that there could be fireworks should Raikkonen prevail over Alonso while others feel the Fin will not take kindly to being the #2 at the team. No worries there as Ferrari say there won’t be #2 and that the drivers will have equal status.

“It brings to mind football fans who are scared of rival teams because they have so many strong forwards and so they hope they will fight each other for the ball,” said Domenicali.

“For anyone thinking that the choice of Kimi is somehow an anti-Alonso choice, I can put their minds at rest: at Ferrari, everyone knows the interests of the team come first and only then those of the individual.

“Fernando is a key asset for this team and he will be for a long time. I’m sure he is the first to be happy with a choice made to strengthen the group, because he is too intelligent not to realise that a stronger team can only be an advantage.”

All I know is that Kimi is lethal during the race and Fernando is too but the Spaniard is even better in qualifying and I suspect he fare well against the Fin. Anything could happen but if you were looking for the most impressive driver lineup in 2014, Ferrari found it.

Can Mercedes beat them with the Hamilton / Rosberg duo? Can Vettel beat both of them on his own? It’s going to be an interesting year and that’s if all the 2014 regulation junk doesn’t neuter the racing…which it probably will.

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  • JR

    I disagree that Alonso is a better qualifier than Kimi. His tally of poles is pretty poor compared to other top drivers such as Hamilton and Vettel.

    • Kim

      did yo watched the last 3 years of formula 1 ? Alonso had car that was 1-2 seconds slower than Vetel in all this years yet he was there in the fight, please tell me how was that car supposed to be on pole ? Hamilton had the fastest car last year and had 3 poles (if i remember correctly) compared with Alonso who had 2 so yeah way better performer. give the guy a car and then lets see what he can do.

  • Rapierman

    Ferrari can say that the team objective will suppress any doubts about team chemistry, but once the pier-six brawl starts up, all bets are off. :P

  • Mansell’s_Stache

    “He doesn’t live like an athlete…”

    Thank heavens.

    Keep it real Kimi. Keep it real. Lol.

  • Sebring71

    Not following the notion of Alonso as stronger qualifier than Raikkonen, but I’ll acquiesce if we see it, once they’re in equal cars. Would suggesting another viewing of quali at Monaco in 2005 be living too much in the past? But, if I see Fernando putting Ferrari on pole consistently next year, I’ll be thrilled. Now, has Sir Jackie been gathering surveillance on Raikkonen? Kimi showed up this season looking pretty lean and mean, and I haven’t seen him crawling from the car after any races. I think Mark Arnall might take issue with Sir Jackie’s comments. Just because Kimi doesn’t tweet his workout schedule, or post pictures of his bicycle, doesn’t mean he’s not an athlete. And just what the heck does “to be champion in F1 talent is not enough” mean? Does that mean you also need to do more commercials, or have a Twitter account, or get a dye job, or giant back tats….or a dog? Basta. Nearly everything I’ve read or heard on this move centers on an Alonso/Raikkonen rivalry. The rivalry at hand is with Red Bull. Luca and Stefano need to deal with that, right now. Not with an emerging driver, but with the two quickest guys whose butts they can put in their cars.

  • adaptable1

    At the end of day, both Kimi and Fernando have a strong desire to win…and have a track record of winning as world champions. Kimi’s even won the championship before AT Ferrari…. so all of this nonsense about him leaving the track after the weekend is BS. Ferrari know exactly what they are in for. They’ve put the 2 best available drivers in the seats, and now it’s time to deliver a great car for 2014. I’m sure talented young drivers will be available in 2016 as well…and they’ll be a lot more seasoned.

    As for Fernando, I can’t help but wondering whether bringing Kimi onboard has been a result of Fernando’s recent public criticisms of the current car/team?

  • I admit that my comment about quali is from recent memory and not numbers but that may have more to do with the Lotus than the driver. I concede that for sure. Webber says that Kimi being there will push Fred in quali so you all may be on to something there. I still see Alonso taking the lead. Kimi is good…really good. Fred is unbelievable when highly motivated.

  • Kmasse

    Ferrari now has the two best drivers of F1, and the best pair since Senna-Prost. Neither of them will back down so for the spectators 2014 might be the most enjoyable one in years.
    Many believe Fernando will tame Kimi but I would put my money on Raikkonen.
    Kimi has been the super-talent (look at the experience he had before F1) of the 21st century and yes he had difficulties against Massa especially in 2008 but people often forget that was Massa’s car, and Raikkonen had real difficulties in getting the tires to the right temperature for qualifying. Massa was also at the peak of his career.
    Kimi returned to F1 maybe even better than what he was at Mclaren (the team that cost him 2 championships).
    Alonso’s advantage is that he knows the current team but Raikkonen has one major factor going on his favour. Kimi is more lenient on tires (enabling him to save them longer) and next years turbo engines will put more pressure on the rubber.
    Feel free to disagree, next year will show what will happen when the two top dogs go head to the head.

    • Don’t forget my man Nick Heidfeld who beat Kimi at Sauber. :)