Coulthard not expecting Ferrari trouble
12 September 2013 – Ex-Formula 1 driver turned commentator David Coulthard does not expect Ferrari's future pairing of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen to cause significant issues, claiming neither driver will "rock the boat" if they fall behind in the intra-team battle.
Coulthard, who spent three seasons alongside Räikkönen at McLaren, reckons the Finn will make a relatively smooth return to Ferrari next season, arguing that his no-nonsense approach is unlikely to cause friction between himself and Alonso.
"One thing I do know, having worked with Kimi, is that what you see is very much what you get," 13-time Grand Prix winner Coulthard explained during his latest column for The Telegraph. "He is cool, unflappable and completely apolitical. He just does not get involved in all of the paddock conspiracy stuff.
"Like Felipe Massa at the moment, Kimi will get on with the job at hand and not rock the boat. He did not rock the boat in 2008 and 2009 when Felipe started to get on top of him."
Pondering Alonso's potential response, Coulthard said: "The question is will Alonso rock the boat if Kimi starts to push him close, or even beat him? I don't think so."
Coulthard went on to play down the turbulent relationship between Alonso and Lewis Hamilton at McLaren in 2007. Although the Spaniard left after just one season, he reckons this was due to unfulfilled promises as opposed to his team-mate's speed.
"A lot of people refer back to Fernando’s time at McLaren in 2007, and cite that season as proof that he is liable to throw his toys out of the pram if he does not get his way. I disagree," Coulthard commented. "I believe Fernando lost his cool because he felt destabilised and betrayed by the fact that McLaren did not deliver on promises made, rather than because a rookie Lewis Hamilton was challenging him."
He concluded: "In my opinion, Fernando is the complete driver and will raise his game with Kimi there for the next two seasons, which is a worry for everyone else."