Ten reasons to watch F1 in 2014
The new season is finally upon us, and NOBODY knows what’s going to happen. Great, isn’t it?
Posted: 14 Mar 2014
6) The big battle part one: Fernando versus Kimi
It's been a long, long time since Ferrari had two world champions on its books. Over sixty years, in fact, since Alberto Ascari (1952 and 1953) and Guiseppe Farina (1950) raced together for the Scuderia. In recent years the policy has been to have an explicit number one, and when that number one was Michael Schumacher it certainly paid off: five back-to-back world championships from 2000-2004.
Since then there has been just one: Raikkonen in 2007. Famously, of course, Kimi proceeded to lose interest and was replaced by Alonso who, although he has come close, has not been able to beat Red Bull in four seasons. Ferrari, somewhat uncharitably, made it clear it believed Alonso had had his chance and rehired Raikkonen as equal number one. There hasn't been a rivalry like this since Prost and Senna.
So far, the two have been able to keep out of each other's way, Alonso having the upper hand in testing. This weekend however one will beat the other first in qualifying, then in the race. It will be fascinating to see whether Kimi can keep his motivation or Alonso his cool, should either find themselves behind...