Montezemolo frowns at idea of number 1 and number 2 drivers

Luca de Montezemolo with Felipe Massa

Luca de Montezemolo with Felipe Massa

Having given Fernando Alonso a score of “8 out of 10″ for his 2013 Championship campaign, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo now insists the Spaniard is not the famous Italian team’s number 1 driver.

“I don’t like number 1 and number 2,” he told CNN.

Alonso, who has had an often fraught relationship with Montezemolo this year and flirted with moves to Red Bull and McLaren, has been controversially paired for 2014 with Ferrari’s 2007 World Champion, returnee Kimi Raikkonen.

But Brazilian Felipe Massa, who has been regarded as Ferrari’s number 2 in recent years, was clearly Alonso’s preferred teammate going forwards.

“Alonso knows that he drives to win for himself, but also for Ferrari,” Montezemolo insisted.

“Ferrari is a team and I want drivers [who] will drive and will act and react as a team member, not only one man,” he added.

Montezemolo also dismissed suggestions that Alonso, who infamously clashed with Lewis Hamilton at McLaren in 2007, will not get along with Finn Raikkonen.

“I don’t want to say that they are old,” he smiled, “but I’m sure [thatthey will get along], yes.” (GMM)

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  • Spartacus

    I think this marks a change at Ferrari. Rather than giving Alonso No 1 status as he always demands he’s going to have equal pegging with Kimi.

    Alonso will either perform better with real competition within the team, or as he did at McLaren as like a spoilt kid and chuck all the toys out the pram.

    It could be rather interesting.

  • Red Horizon

    Alonso and Raikkonen are two great champions and will have the same treatment next year, but at a certain point in the season, if in the running for the title, who will have more points will be helped by the other as it happened in 2007 and 2008. This is the rule and it ‘s very simple. They know it and must accept. Now they are adult men, they are no longer kids and the last thing we want from Ferrari is to see its drivers clashing in and out of the track. The goal for Ferrari is to win and the team’s goal has priority over everything else, including the ego of his drivers.

  • Mofombo

    Who did not see this coming. Alonslow is about to be dethroned. Kimi won’t lay down for him and with the way Alonslow has bad mouthed the car and team this year, Ferrari won’t want him to. They want to return to a winning way any the Spaniard is not capable. It is just what they needed with out breaking a contract.

  • Ty

    This is going to be interesting. Neither Alonso or Kimi are the fastest drivers out there on raw talent in speed (both are often slower in qualifying than their teammates) but both are great racers. Going to be very interesting.

  • McLarenfan

    Luca de Montezemolo is an interesting person but you can never tell which face he is using as he has more than the town hall clock.
    He changes his mind faster than a woman who has PMT.

  • Kimi4WDC

    It will be a sprint for both drivers till the middle of the season, whoever will have more points will be supported to fight for WDC.

  • Hawk

    whoever said Kimi is a racer is locked in the past. since his comeback his driving style is more like Buttons; purely strategic.

  • Spartacus

    @Hawk,
    I won’t disagree with you but only add that I think that’s how F1 has gone. It’s no longer a sprint but a mini endurance race. Those who try to sprint are punished for it with blistering tyres.

  • Garth

    Mofombo
    yuo are correct Alonso will be back at Maclaren in 2015 or before and Mr Button will be zipped up and shipped out to join DC.