Ecclestone expects Ferrari to bounce back in 2014
29 December 2013 – F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone believes ‘we will see a different Ferrari’ next season - and he reckons the arrival of Kimi Raikkonen will act as a ‘stimulus’ and spur on Fernando Alonso.
The Scuderia struggled in 2013 and while Alonso won two races early on, the Maranello-based outfit faded in the second half of the year unable to stop the Sebastian Vettel-Red Bull steamroller.
“Ferrari is very pissed off about what happened in 2013. I believed Ferrari would win the title. I cannot explain why the team was not competitive. Alonso, however, drove well and had no problems of his own,” Ecclestone said in an interview with Italian newspaper, La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Yes [Fernando was critical of the team],” Bernie continued, “but the situation [in terms of how competitive the team was] has not improved. The dust has settled though and we will see a different Ferrari in 2014.
“It’s a classic pairing [with Fernando and Kimi] that Enzo Ferrari would have liked in his team. It will be fun with those two. If Kimi drives like he did on so many occasions this year, it will be a stimulus to Fernando. But the base Ferrari needs is to have a good car. Otherwise it will just all be talk.”
As for which driver or team will ultimately come out top next year, Ecclestone added it is impossible to say.
“There is no guarantee it will be the best driver that wins the title. The title will go to the most fortunate. At the moment I do not have a favourite. Next year we will return to the hierarchy of the engines and those who win will have the best one,” he concluded.