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Schumacher predicts “explosive” Alonso-Raikkonen partnership

Sep 13, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has spoken out about Kimi Raikkonen‘s move to Ferrari for the first time, believing that the Finn’s pending partnership with Fernando Alonso has the potential to be “explosive.”

Schuamacher retired from the sport at the end of last season as the greatest driver in its history (statistically speaking) with seven world championships and ninety-one race wins  to his name. He raced alongside both Raikkonen and Alonso during his time in F1, losing out to the Spaniard in the 2006 drivers’ championship at the final round of the season. However, he believes that the two drivers working together at Ferrari could be successful, albeit difficult to manage.

“Ferrari with Fernando and Kimi, that sounds like an explosive mixture,” Schumacher told German publication Bild.

“For motorsport fans it will certainly be sensational and for the competition tough to crack. It will be exciting to watch.”

The signing of Raikkonen for 2014 has received a mixed response from the F1 world. Although it has been acknowledged that this will give the team the strongest driver pairing for next season, the prospect of having two high-powered drivers in the same team is one that appears problematic at first.

Both Raikkonen and Alonso have enjoyed ‘number one’ status in the past, but they will now have to work together in order to give Ferrari a shot at their first constructors’ championship since 2008.

  1. Stephanie Stevens - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    All these articles bemoaning the lack of Ferrari titles, where are the articles about mclaren not winning a WCC since 1998 ? Yeah they won a WDC in 08 with lewis but that was not exactly a runaway and while he does have one if the races schedules distance was only 1 lap less they wouldn’t have that title but the press keeps harping on Ferrari and there coming up short .

  2. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Lewis won with a big assist by Timo Glock.

  3. worknman24hours - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I think that this combo is NOTHING like it might have been eight years ago.

    Both Alonso and Kimi are now established top flight professional drivers ,Kimi is not the over the top at the limit guy he used to be ( gee,do I miss that but we all get older now don’t we) and yes,there will be tension but both drivers will stay at the top of their form and it might be the fastest Ferrari championship ( both) ever.

    And it won’t matter if Red Bull continues to control the top speed car in Formula One anyway.

    Hey Kimi,when you going to start your family with your stunningly beautiful wife anyway?

    Bring on the little Kimsters! :)

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