Former two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen says that, Kimi Raikkonen can beat Fernando Alonso, in his first season team-mate at Italian squad.
Raikkonen’s country fellow Hakkinen, who wins 1998 and 1999 world title with McLaren, also thinks that Räikkönen to experience a much smoother evolution.
“I think Kimi’s driving style is really perfect for these turbo cars,” two-time World Champion Häkkinen explained in an interview with Spanish daily newspaper Marca.
“Alonso pushes too hard, so I think Kimi will beat him. Everyone knows Ferrari has huge resources to develop during the season. The development will not stop, even if good engineers leave. And Kimi does not have to be worried about the financial side, Ferrari has what it takes.”
Previously the Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has tipped Kimi Raikkonen can beat Fernando Alonso.
He also believes Raikkonen’s career trajectory is the same as three-time champion Lauda, who retired from the sport at the end of 1979 as a double world champion only to return with McLaren two years later. In 1984 he went on to win the title, beating Alain Prost by half a point and against the odds.
But the former Ferrari driver, Felipe Massa believes that, Fernando Alonso to lead this year because he “combines talent with brains”.