Pirro says Ferrari needed to boost driver line-up with Raikkonen
4 December, 2013
Former F1 driver and five time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro believes that Ferrari needed to shake up their driver line-up to be competitive in 2014, and bringing in Kimi Raikkonen to partner Fernando Alonso could prove to be a master stroke by the Maranello outfit.
Speaking during the WEC finale in Bahrain where he was part of the Audi entourage, Pirro said of the the Raikkonen / Alonso pairing, “I like it that Raikkonen is having another shot. I am curious, like everybody else, to see how he performs alongside Alonso. But definitiely Ferrari had to do such a move because their driver combination this year was a little bit weaker than the other teams. This combination could be exactly be what they need.”
Of Felipe Massa’s departure, Pirro said, “I like Felipe who is a super guy and very nice person. I think he has had many years at Ferrari and it was the right time to move on to give a chance to somebody else. I am happy [if] Massa can continue, I am also happy to see [that] he has enough passion to continue.”
However the 51 year old Italian cautioned, “The Williams of today is not the Williams of the good old days, so I hope he does not feel frustrated to drive a midfield car. Looking on the positive side he may find the motivation that he was probably lacking in the last period at Ferrari.”
“A fresh start, with fresh people might provide this motivation and we may see a better driver next year,” added Pirro who started 37 grands prix between 1989 and 1991. (GP247)
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