Formula 1


Ferrari combination could produce fireworks

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When you have two drivers of the calibre of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen the chances are there will be success however it could come at a cost as the team look to end Red Bull's reign of terror.

With three world championships between them the pairing is the stuff of legend with Ferrari resigning Kimi Raikkonen after two very successful yet turbulent years at Lotus on his return to Formula One.

After two wins and showing incredible consistency over his two year Lotus stint Kimi Raikkonen will be a championship favourite if Ferrari can produce a car capable of fighting up at the sharp end but he will face stern competition from Fernando Alonso who is remarkably yet to win a championship for the prancing horse.

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo when talking to Reuters expressed his concern for the year ahead: "Putting together Alonso and Raikkonen could be dangerous. But in Formula One...everything is potential danger."

Alonso has enjoyed having Felipe Massa as his rear gunner on many occasions since joining the team back in 2010.

The most famous incident occurred at that year's German Grand Prix when Massa whilst leading was told over the radio to hand over the win to his teammate Alonso much to the dismay of fans everywhere.

An equally controversial event took place at the 2012 U.S.A Grand Prix when Massa after out qualifying Alonso took a five place gird penalty to allow Alonso to start further up the grid and start on the clean side of the grid whilst battling Sebastian Vettel for the championship. Alonso should not expect any favours such as those from Raikkonen over the next few seasons.

Di Montezemolo later on in the interview made it clear where he stands on the situation of a potential civil war in house. He expects the drivers to listen to the team when given instruction and not to drive for themselves.

"They have the honour and the responsibility to drive for Ferrari and every driver knows that he has to drive not for himself but for the team. If a driver wants to drive for himself, there are many possibilities. They can do their own team, they can go in a different team but in Ferrari these are the rules."

If Ferrari can manage to tame both of their drivers and have them working as a unit they will be challenging for the championship come November. Historically Ferrari are a team that has a clear number one and a number two so how will this work in a team that is housing arguably two of the fastest drivers in F1 whilst maintaining their number one and number two policy?

I'm sure this time next year we will know if there is enough room at Ferrari for both drivers as speculation of a remarkable change of heart could lead Alonso back to McLaren in 2015 ending his at times his unbreakable looking romance with Ferrari.

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