Ferrari ‘prefer Raikkonen to Massa’ for 2014

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Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Monza, 2013In the round-up: Ferrari are trying to get Kimi Raikkonen back in one of their cars for 2014.

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Ferrari considering Kimi (Sky)

Mark Hughes: “Ferrari have told me that Kimi is very much their target. Reading between the lines of what they’re saying, if they don’t get him they will retain Massa.”

Confusion surrounds F1′s 2014 calendar (Reuters)

“However, there has been scepticism about just how many races will be on the final version, with Ecclestone even suggesting it could be as many as 22.”

Hamilton makes the call and patches up his differences with former boss Dennis (The Daily Mail)

“We had a nice chat on the phone recently, over the August break. We spoke for about an hour. It was a really good conversation. I don’t think there are any issues there personally.”

Sebastian Vettel Q&A: There?s still room for improvement (F1)

“Even our team weather expert thinks that it could be wet. What does that mean? That we very likely will have a hot and dry qualifying and a wet race. But we have had that before, so no big deal. Probably what we will do is a compromise on the car. But that is a decision that we will take tomorrow.”

Vettel expects tight qualifying (BBC)

“I felt pretty comfortable but I’m sure it will be very tight. We saw that in first practice. Second practice if you look at it too much it is a bit of a distraction.”

Lewis Hamilton: “Those extra few tenths… it’s why we get paid the big bucks” (James Allen on F1)

“It?s a slightly different feeling at the factory ?ǣ it feels like NASA at the MTC. Whereas, at Brackley it feels more like a Formula Three team ?ǣ a real pure racing team. It?s a different feeling but I quite like it.”

Lotus shelves long wheelbase for Monza (Autosport)

“Lotus will not run its new long-wheelbase car for the remainder of the Italian Grand Prix weekend.”

Mercedes’ cross cut wheel rims (Scarbs F1)

“Closer examination proved the hollow rim theory to be unfounded. What appeared to be an opening on the rim into a double-walled hollow section, provide to simply be tape placed inside a recess made into the rim.”

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79 comments on Ferrari ‘prefer Raikkonen to Massa’ for 2014

  1. Bobby Balboa (@bobby-balboa) said on 7th September 2013, 8:15

    I really hope this happens. I think Alonso has learned a lot after that year at McLaren and I hope he has matured since then. I have no doubt Kimi would give him a run for his money and we really need another (potentially) top team with 2 top drivers for 2014. I can just imagine the epic battles they could have and all the tension if they are both in with a shout of the title come the end of the season.

    This is the absolute right thing for F1 and Massa should have been ejected instead of Kimi in the 1st place.

    Fingers, toes & dong crossed

  2. kimrogue (@kimrogue) said on 7th September 2013, 8:25

    The question is not whether this is the right thing for Ferrari, rather, whether this is the right thing for Kimi. He had a stint with them, when he wasn’t comfortable for 2/3rds of his tenure. Now, the reason is either ‘they favoured Massa’ or ‘Kimi lost his mojo’ based on whether one believes the conspiracy theories or not. Knowing fully well that Alonso is much more politically adept that Massa ever was and also that the team is fully aligned with Alonso now (recent LdM outburst notwithstanding), I can’t see this going down well for Kimi from any angle.

  3. Jason (@jason12) said on 7th September 2013, 9:42

    Ferrari could still the thunder right out of RBR.
    Even if RBR wins the next three WCCs they won’t be as LOVED and supported as Ferrari or even the newer Merc, because of poor decisions like choosing Ric.

    It just doesn’t inspire fanaticism.

  4. Greg C said on 7th September 2013, 10:13

    Pitwall to car 2
    “Kimi – Fernando is faster than you – do you understand”

    Car 2 to pitwall
    “If he is faster than why is he behind me”

  5. DominikWilde (@dominikwilde) said on 7th September 2013, 10:23

    Everyone saying that Ferrari is a one man show, what about 2007-09? It only became a one man show then when one driver was clearly ahead later in the season, until then both Raikkonen or Massa appeared to be treated equally

  6. Gordon said on 7th September 2013, 22:50

    You are all assuming it would be Kimi and Fernando. With Alonso b*tching about the car, and Ferrari’s obsession with Massa (do they sell lots in Brazil or something?) they might be bringing Kimi back as No1, not No2

  7. I’m sorry but I disagree with gorden because one thing which is when kimi was in ferrari it was the best team that year since he left it hasn’t been the best team. I’d like to see both in the same team and then see how kimi handles a ferrari that’s tough 2 handle

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