The Chairman of the Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo admits that their duo champs Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen “could be dangerous” for Italian out-fit.
The new segment and a return for the ‘Iceman’, the 2007 F1 world champion who is back in the Italian team, he left in 2009 to make door open for Fernando Alonso. Also he is busy and preparing next season, also Montezemolo added that Raikkonen is no more a fan of Formula One simulators.
“Putting together Alonso and Raikkonen could be dangerous,” Montezemolo is quoted as saying by Eurosport.
“But in Formula One … everything is potential danger. 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, two very important years for him, with experience and responsibilities.”
Teams, who have had to reduce significantly the amount of wind tunnel testing they do before a cost cap is introduced next year, are working flat out on their new cars with the sport going through a rule change revolution.
The old 2.4-litre V8 engines have been ditched, with a new and less thirsty 1.6 litre V6 turbocharged power unit with energy recovery systems introduced in its place.
All drivers will have to come to terms with the new technology, and different ways of racing, and have already been putting in the laps around familiar circuits in their team simulators to get a taste of how the cars will handle.
Montezemolo also said Raikkonen will have to do a lot of work on the simulator ahead of the start of testing, despite Raikkonen previously having said “I’ve never been a big fan of those”.
“Kimi will be extremely busy since the beginning of January to work in this strange machine that I don’t like at all, the simulator,” Montezemolo said.
“It’s a joke. We have been forced to invest a huge amount of money in this terrible, artificial, machine instead of being allowed to test here (at Fiorano) and at Mugello.”