The place I am unhappy to see Massa go, I am glad to see that Alonso and Raikkonen can be partnering for Ferrari.
Arguably, this must be the strongest line-up since maybe Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost collectively in McLaren. It additionally alerts a major change within the Ferrari coverage of getting just one rooster in a hen home (to place it within the phrases of Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo). It might be the primary time within the fashionable period that Ferrari can be fielding two world champions collectively.
It might be attention-grabbing to see the way it pans out subsequent 12 months significantly from Fernando Alonso’s camp because the final time Alonso needed to accomplice with a powerful driver, Lewis Hamilton in 2007, issues got here to a bitter finish with Alonso leaving the workforce on the finish of the 12 months.
The notion within the paddock since then has been that Alonso likes to be the clear primary as he was in Renault and has been within the current years with Ferrari. Now, this may most undoubtedly change as one other world champion walks into the workforce and pleasure is certain to ensue. Kimi Raikkonen, alternatively, is thought to be a relaxed and funky particular person, not bothering about politics, however as an alternative counting on his uncooked expertise to beat any difficulties he could face. That is evident by his determination to stroll right into a workforce which has one other world champion already settled in because the final 4 years.
Ferrari has not received a Constructor’s Championship since 2008 or a Driver’s Championship since 2007 when it was Kimi Raikkonen who did the honours for the crimson giants. Thus far, Kimi is the newest Ferrari Champion, as Alonso has didn’t beat Sebastian Vettel within the final three seasons and it seems to be more and more tough this 12 months additionally.
Ferrari now has two excellent drivers who can push one another and hopefully beat Vettel within the course of, however much more importantly, the 2 drivers can get the workforce a Constructor’s Championship. The foundations are altering considerably from subsequent 12 months and Ferrari has employed James Allison and recalled Rory Byrne to assist on the 2014 challenger.
Now with two world-class drivers to push the equipment to its limits, they will hope to beat Purple Bull that has been on the prime of its sport because the final 4 years. All this, plus Lewis Hamilton on the helm of a resurgent Mercedes and McLaren vying for a return to glory with Jenson Button absolutely will make 2014 probably the most anticipated and hopefully probably the greatest seasons in current historical past.
Now we simply can wait.
As a real Ferrari fan, I’m pleased with the longer term prospects, however I can not say that I’m not unhappy to see Massa go. He has been a terrific asset to the workforce for the final eight years. His life threatening accident in 2009 did certainly have an effect on his efficiency when he got here again and this may be seen in his loss to Alonso. Nevertheless, one will always remember that he had emerged as a firstclass driver earlier than his accident, and was champion for nearly 38 seconds on the final race of 2008 season earlier than Lewis Hamilton took it from his arms.
At this level, all I would like is for folks to recollect the outdated Massa who confirmed brilliance throughout and hope that he comes again to his full potential quickly sufficient. I want him the very best of luck for the upcoming seasons!
Buckle up folks, we now have a bumpy trip in retailer with politics, modifications and nice races!