Two of Formula 1′s most respected drivers are predicting close battles between team-mates at two of the expected front running teams in 2014.
Double world champion Mika Hakkinen has added his opinion on the so-called ‘super-team’ at Ferrari where countryman Kimi Raikkonen partners another two-time champion Fernando Alonso.
Last week the man whom Raikkonen replaced, now Williams driver Felipe Massa, claimed his former team-mate will have the edge over the Finn because he “combines talent with brains”, however the 1998 and 1999 champion, Hakkinen, has a different view.
“I think Kimi’s driving style is really perfect for these turbo cars,” he is quoted by the Spanish daily Marca.
“Alonso pushes too hard, so I think Kimi will beat him.”
Meanwhile, now Porsche Le Mans driver Mark Webber has given his support to the man who replaced him, Daniel Ricciardo, claiming the man from Perth will give Sebastian Vettel a run for his money at Red Bull.
“He’ll go well,” Webber told the March issue of Motor Sport magazine.
“I think he’ll give Seb a real hard time in qualifying — it’ll be 50:50 in the first year, I reckon.”
Indeed Webber, who famously had a deteriorated relationship with the now four-time champion following a series of on and off-track incidents, believes Ricciardo’s hopes are boosted because the part of Adrian Newey’s Red Bull that Vettel used so well in recent years is no longer there.
“I took a few off Seb last year — and the blown floor is gone now,” said Webber.
“I think Daniel will be fine, and it certainly won’t hurt him that he’s come through the Red Bull system. I just hope he gets better starts than I did!”
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