So the front end of the 2014 grid is almost complete! Kimi is taking his talents back to the Scuderia Ferrari for a second go round to create a super team with Fernando Alonso. While on paper this sounds unbeatable, I’m seeing giant red (Rosso Corsa Ferrari) flags waving all over the place. Didn’t Ferrari learn from the Schumacher era that the way to go about winning championships is to design a car around an unequivocal number one driver and then bring in a loyal soldier (Irvine, Rubens, Massa) as the number two? Red Bull certainly did. Keeping Vettel and Newey together and bringing in Daniel Ricciardo to ride shotgun will likely propel Vettel into the Schumacher stratosphere of wins (91) and titles (7).
Side Note I: Enzo Ferrari would roll over in his grave if he knew his beloved Ferrari was losing out to an Austrian beverage maker.
Does anybody remember the last time Alonso had a teammate with equal status and equal speed? I think the aftershocks can still be felt from the McLaren F1 headquarters in Woking. In 2007 Fernando could not cope with the perceived lack of attention/respect he was receiving due to the emergence of Lewis Hamilton, a British driver who McLaren had been grooming for stardom since his junior karting days. He quickly alienated himself from the entire team and after all sorts of chaos was gone after one year.
Having come so close to carrying the Ferrari to titles over Vettel the past three years, imagine what Alonso will do if Kimi gets the upper hand and starts winning races? It will be Alain Prost vs Nigel Mansell all over again.
And when Kimi last drove for Ferrari he won the 2007 title right out of the gate, but then seemed to lose motivation. So much so that after getting routinely handled by Massa in 2009, Kimi left to go drive rally cars and dabble in Nascar.
So how will this partnership work? Answer: It won’t, but it will certainly spice the show up for us, the fans!
Side Note II: Seeing Massa go may spell the end of Brazilians at the top echelon of GP racing for the first time since the 70’s. That is a sad day! Emmo, Piquet, Ayrton, Rubens, Massa. What an amazing run of talent. With Schumacher dominating the beginning of the 21st century, his influence has turned F1 into a sport for Germans.
Side Note III: Speaking of German’s, I hope Hulkenberg gets the call to replace Kimi at Lotus.