Red Bull driver Mark Webber says that Ferrari’s acquisition of Kimi Raikkonen is a gamble and a ‘short term aggressive statement’ from the team.
Ferrari confirmed on Wednesday that Raikkonen will partner Fernando Alonso at the team in 2014 and 2015.
But Webber, who believes that Ferrari will try and swoop for Sebastian Vettel once the German’s contract with Red Bull expires at the end of 2015, sees it as a gamble.
“For lots of reasons Ferrari need to be winning again in Formula 1,” Webber told Sky Sports F1.
“It has to happen so this is the first step forward to get the team back in Constructors’ [Championship], Ferrari winning that, and then the Drivers’ Championship as well.”
“There are so many reasons why it’s a bit of a gamble to help Ferrari,” he said of Raikkonen’s move.
“Two years for probably both of them actually I think. And then what they do after that obviously [is] pick Seb up off the back of Red Bull and then they keep moving from there.”
“But it’s a very short-term aggressive statement from Ferrari to put the team at the front.”
Webber, who will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season, believes that Raikkonen will push Alonso more than Felipe Massa did, especially during qualifying.
“They need Fernando to be pushed,” Webber added.
“He needs to be squeezed on Saturday afternoon to get the car further up the grid. That’s why the car is phenomenal at starts and got all those other strengths because they think there is inherent weakness obviously in qualifying.
“Fernando over one lap needs to be pushed and that will help him on Saturday afternoon with Kimi being there.”