Fernando Alonso is going all out to ‘destroy’ his new Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen in the first three races of the season according to Jacques Villeneuve, Formula 1’s outspoken 1997 world champion.
Although Villeneuve acknowledged that the predictions of outright war between the two world champions have not yet been proven to be correct, he believes that the psychological war has most certainly begun.
“In the first three races Fernando is trying to destroy Kimi psychologically. He will try, at all costs, finish ahead of teammate and get the team to rally around him,” Villeneuve said.
“Fernando’s plan is obvious – he wants to beat Kimi at all costs,” said the French Canadian. “In the tests it was all calm, but in Melbourne Fernando showed his true potential.”
Indeed, Finn Raikkonen struggled with the handling of his 2014 Ferrari throughout the Melbourne weekend, while Spaniard Alonso comfortably beat him in Qualifying and the race.
But Villeneuve tips Raikkonen to fight back and insists, “Kimi is not an ‘Iceman’ – he has created this image to isolate himself, but like any driver, he doesn’t like bad results.
“But I don’t think that Kimi’s fans should worry – he also had problems with the handling in 2007 but he still became world champion.
“I think the rule changes will even play into his hands,” Villeneuve told Germany’s Sport Bild. “In qualifying, Alonso will be faster, but this year that’s not so important.” (GMM)
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