Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa thinks psychology has a lot to do with the struggles of Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari this season more than technical issues or the set up of the car of the Finn.
Raikkonen has been outgunned by team mate Fernando Alonso as many as fourteen times out of the sixteen races this season and is a whooping 94 points ahead of the Finn in the Drivers’ Championship standings, finishing second to Raikkonen only once in the races that they have both finished.
The former Lotus F1 driver has repeatedly claimed that he has failed to find the ideal set up for his car but the team has defended him and the team principal even claimed that his form has improved a lot over the last few races.
However, Felipe Massa, who raced for Ferrari for a long time and partnered Alonso till last season believes Raikkonen has not adapted psychologically to the pressures of racing for the prancing horse despite racing for the team before and winning a Formula One Drivers’ World Championship with them as well.
Massa said that it is not easy being the teammate of the former two time world champion Alonso and he believes Kimi is having this problem for certain in his head.
The Brazilian said that it is extremely difficult to be Alonso’s teammate, simply because he is a world champion and an amazing driver. He is perhaps the most complete driver in the sport at the time and that has shown in his races where he has single handedly kept the underperforming Ferrari afloat.
Felipe Massa also hailed Alonso as one of the quickest drivers in the circuit and the most consistent, too and to top it off, he has everything in his repertoire a driver needs to succeed.