Less physical Formula 1 could suit Raikkonen more than rivals

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen

Of Formula 1’s eleven teams, only Mercedes and Marussia are heading into the 2014 season with unchanged driver pairings, however, it is undoubtedly Ferrari’s shakeup that has triggered the most discussion.

Many disagree about which former champion, Fernando Alonso or the Ferrari returnee Kimi Raikkonen, will get the upper hand this season.

Felipe Massa picks Alonso, because the Spaniard “combines talent with brains”, but Mika Hakkinen thinks Raikkonen’s smoother style is “perfect” for the high-torque turbos.

Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 World Champion, is also betting on the Finn – but for a different reason.

In the era of super-fit drivers like triathlon lover Jenson Button, Villeneuve thinks the 2014 rules might level the playing field for Raikkonen.

“With the new rules, where basically the drivers won’t have to drive on the edge the whole time, it won’t be too physical, it could suit Kimi,” he told Sky Sports.

Villeneuve also thinks that Raikkonen could capitalise on the troubles in the relationship between Alonso and Ferrari, which was undoubtedly tense at times last year.

“Last year Alonso wasn’t the golden boy of Ferrari anymore, the energy wasn’t good anymore,” he said. “They were all fighting internally and that’s why they put Kimi in there.

“But if we remember a few years ago it ended in tears with Kimi as well, so who knows what will happen,” Villeneuve added. (GMM)

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  • Tamburello1994

    ?

    Is “Raikkonen” a verb now?

    Never mind. Fixed.

  • D.R.S

    bloody hell! I can’t wait for this season to start!! 29 days to go for “the 3 green lights to illuminate” !!! Arghh!!

  • =El Presidente=

    I think it is a pretty weightless argument that JV throws in there..

    If it is less physical for Kimi it will also be less physical for fit guy, meaning they have more energy spare to use on other aspects.

    I don’t like Alonso at all, not a single little bit, but i’m pretty sure Kimi will get his ass handed over before the summerbreak by the hispanic samui-warrior haha xD

    also after last years happenings i don’t like the hypocrite Finn anymore. Better if he gets outpaced all year long, so he can get back boozin’ and snoozin’ and doing highly intelligent stuff with the dudesonss.. :S

  • Boycottthebull

    JV seems to forget the driver weight restrictions this year. Basically only the thinnest shortest waife boys who in turn will have to be super fit to drive with such a low body mass will get a free run. I hardly think party hard beer boozing Kimi is going to have much of an advantage.