There are so many aspects of this Singapore Grand Prix that are completely different to the other rounds of the championship and today, Scuderia Ferrari also jumbled up the usual order of things: instead of bringing in its two drivers to face the media one at a time, Fernando Alonso
and Felipe Massa shared the floor together and were also joined by Team Principal, Stefano Domenicali. It was a genuine show of unity after the announcement that Felipe Massa
will be replaced by Kimi Raikkonen
from the start of next season.
The Finn is no stranger to the team, but for our Spanish driver, this will be a brand new relationship and Fernando was immediately asked how he found out about the change. “I was always informed about the team’s movements, even at a time when the decision had not yet been taken, he said. “However, once they decided not to keep Felipe, they asked me what I thought and I told them that in my opinion, Kimi was the best out there in the market
, especially when next year’s championship will see many changes and will require a lot of car development work in January and February. I told the team it was important therefore to have a team-mate with a lot of Formula 1 experience and I am happy with the choice.”
Fernando saw only positives with the new pairing, brushing aside suggestions that two world champions in one team could make for a difficult working relationship. “My motivation will be the same
, always doing my best and sometimes that will deliver the results expected of me and sometimes not, but I don’t believe any team-mate can push me more than I push myself,” he maintained. “Having two champions will make no difference. Even when I came here, people said that it would be a difficult relationship with Felipe who had been here for many years. After four years together, I can say he is one of the best friends I have here.
Anyway, I consider Felipe like a world champion as well. Remember, he was a world champion when he crossed the line in 2008, so it’s not like he’s a rookie driver!”.
By the way, now it's time to start winning again, and our mascotte Igor
just landed in Singapore to watch live the race. Forza Ferrari