Massa: It will not be easy for Raikkonen to be the teammate of Alonso
24 November, 2013
Felipe Massa has predicted that the relationaship between Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari next year will be an awkward one.
Between 2007 and 2009, before Spaniard Alonso arrived at the Italian team, Brazilian Massa shared the pit garage with Raikkonen and since then has been teammate to Alonso.
The Finn is returning to Ferrari to be Alonso’s teammate in 2014, but Massa warned Alonso not to expect an easy relationship with the aloof and unusual Raikkonen.
“Out of Schumacher, Raikkonen and Alonso, it was easier with Schumacher and Alonso,” Massa, who will switch to Williams after Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, told Italia 1 television.
“With Kimi I could work well, but there was no relationship or friendship – he lived in his own world and didn’t want to know anything about anyone,” he added.
“With Michael and Fernando I had a human relationship, but with Kimi, no. And if he didn’t have [a relationship] with me, then he will not have it with anyone.”
Massa also had a warning for Raikkonen: ”He needs to be prepared to live with Alonso, because it is not easy to be the teammate of Fernando Alonso. He is a very strong driver, sometimes perfect, and so Kimi will have to be giving his very best every time.”
Meanwhile, the Spanish newspaper El Pais reports that neither his current team, Lotus, or his 2014 employer, Ferrari, know the current whereabouts of Raikkonen.
The 34-year-old Finn, who after Mark Webber’s departure will be the oldest driver on the grid, had back surgery last week. (GMM)
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