Domenicali: Drivers start as equals, the team comes first

By on Thursday, September 12, 2013

Kimi-Raikkonen-Fernando-AlonsoFerrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says that the interests of the Scuderia comes first, ahead of a 'super team' of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in 2014.

Raikkonen will return to the team next season, having raced for Ferrari between 2007 and 2009, and will partner Alonso.

Domenicali insists the drivers will start as equal number ones.

"Nothing will change in the way the team is run. Since the world began, our drivers have always started on equal terms. It’s always been that way and always will," he said.

"Then, during the course of the season, if the situation is such that one driver can help the other based on the points table, it’s logical and right that it should happen. It’s happened in the past and will happen in the future, as all drivers who have driven a Ferrari have demonstrated."

"As for the Dream Team, I’m not in the habit of dreaming with my eyes open, as it’s not in my nature to do so. I would only say that the combination of Fernando and Kimi is the best one could have today in Formula 1, in terms of talent, experience, competitive spirit and the ability to move car development forward."

Domenicali also appeared to reassure Alonso that he is still a key asset at Ferrari.

"As for the “poultry” question, it brings to mind football fans who are scared of rival teams because they have so many strong forwards and so they hope they will fight each other for the ball… For anyone thinking that the choice of Kimi is somehow an anti-Alonso choice, I can put their minds at rest: at Ferrari, everyone knows the interests of the team come first and only then those of the individual."

"Fernando is a key asset for this team and he will be for a long time. I’m sure he is the first to be happy with a choice made to strengthen the group, because he is too intelligent not to realise that a stronger team can only be an advantage."

Domenicali says that he nor the Ferrari team had a problem communicating with Raikkonen and reckon he has improved, courtesy of information they received from James Allison, who moved across from Lotus to Ferrari earlier in the summer.

"We worked with Kimi for three years from 2007 to 2009 and we never had a problem."

"Sure, everyone has their own ways and you can’t expect a Finn to start telling jokes in Italian or playing the clown! Honestly, I think the combination of Fernando’s expressive and passionate latin character and the cool style, to call it that, of someone like Kimi, seems to appeal to many, including the youngsters and our partners are also in agreement with this."

"As for the technical side of things, not only do we know full well how much Kimi can contribute at an important time like this, when the technical framework is changing so significantly, but we also have first hand information from James Allison, as to how much the Finn has also progressed in this area over the past two years."


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