Stewart: Kimi would destabilise Ferrari
10 September 2013 – Three-time F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has warned Ferrari that if they do opt to re-sign Kimi Räikkönen, it could have a 'destabilising effect' and ultimately lead to Fernando Alonso's exit.
Numerous reports suggest the Scuderia has agreed terms with the Lotus driver, although as yet there has been no official confirmation.
“I think there would be destabilising elements to it,” Stewart told BBC Sport. “If Kimi went to Ferrari, would Alonso deliver as well as he has based on him being the chosen son, so to speak?
“It would be a very confusing element within that team for them to have Kimi and Alonso, who I doubt would really like to have Kimi there.”
Pressed on if Alonso might look to move on, rather than go up against Kimi in the same car, Stewart said that was a possibility, although he is not sure where he would actually go.
“It [leaving] would be the best choice for Alonso if he didn't want to race [for Ferrari] because he felt they were trying to push someone in who he did not want. In an emotional breakdown, sometimes you can go off and try to do something but who is there to go to?” Stewart pondered.
“I don't think there is an offer at McLaren, although it would be good for that team, but I don't know if they have the money for it.
“I don't think Red Bull are going to change their commitment to Daniel Ricciardo, but they have chosen him without any thought that they could have Alonso.
“There would be another destabilising element if Alonso threw the toys out of the pram and tried to go with Red Bull.
“How would Sebastian Vettel feel about that? It would be a much greater threat to his unquestionably privileged position at Red Bull and would Red Bull want to disturb any of that? I doubt it.”