Kimi failing psychologically at Ferrari, says Felipe Massa

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.

Felipe Massa considers Japanese Grand Prix as the worst race of his life

The Japanese Grand Prix did not prove to be a bed of roses for most of the drivers in Formula One presently. Williams’s driver Felipe Massa said that it was probably the worst race of his life. He is a veteran in the circuit and has come through the worse of accidents that happened to him in the qualifying round of the Hungarian Grand Prix of 2009. He had suffered a serious injury to his head and took a lot of time to recover. This time it was the turn of another fellow driver to meet with another accident. Jules Bianchi crashed against a recovery vehicle that had come to help out Adrian Sutil’s car which was stuck. Felipe Massa was vocal about the poor conditions from the very beginning. He was quite aware of the fact that it would prove to be very challenging for the drivers and a lot would be at stake. But his concerns were not paid enough heed before the race.

Formula One chief Eddie Jordan said that the decision to go on with the race was a just and unanimous one. The drivers however agreed that the conditions were quite tough. All of them seemed to be upset at the crash of the young driver and showed their concern towards his health. Felipe Massa also received a major jolt as he was reminded of his unfortunate incident earlier. According to him the recovery vehicle had taken some extra time to come down which led to the mishap. A typhon had hit the neighboring area of the Suzuka circuit which resulted in a wet track. The tyres skid quite easily and the drivers found it difficult to control their cars. The entire Formula One family has expressed concern over Bianchi’s condition much like Massa.

Vitaly Petrov looking to make a big comeback to Formula One

Vitaly Petrov is a Russian racing driver who has been associated with Caterham and Renault previously. His early career has been characterized by competing in the Russian Lada Cup and the European series. The 2013 season was a low point in his career as he was not hired by any of the racing teams after being released by Caterham. The 2014 season however proved to be a satisfying one for him as he was signed by Mercedes after a number of test drives. His driving stint with the DTM was quite satisfactory. It was after a long duration that Vitaly Petrov was returning to the competitive circuit. He proved a number of his critics wrong on his return. The Mercedes team showed a lot of belief in his abilities and the driver has not disappointed them much. It will be a new learning curve for Petrov as he himself was quoted saying.

Vitaly Petrov’s earlier teams were Renault in 2010 and 2011 and Caterham in 2012. His team mate in Renault was Robert Kubica and the partnership proved quite helpful for him. He finished seventh in his first race. His highest position was fourth in Hungary. Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean replaced them after a disappointing season in 2011. His next partnership was with Heikki Kovalainen in Caterham. He helped his team finish in the tenth place but was not retained for the next season. The Russian crowd will be especially looking out for his performance. He has been putting in a lot of effort ahead of his professional comeback. There is no lack of confidence on his side though. He firmly believes that he still has it in him to make it big in Formula One. Mercedes has provided him with the perfect opportunity and he is very keen on proving that they did not make a mistake in reposing their trust on him.

Ferrari F1 boss rubbishes claims of drivers’ departure

Formula One giants Ferrari F1 and their president Luca Di Montezemolo has refuted claims that the team’s star drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen could both leave the team at the of the season as they seek better opportunities to compete for the Formula One Drivers’ Championship.

Alonso has managed just two finishes on the podium in the eleven races of the 2014 season so far whereas the Finn Raikkonen has not even been able to achieve that with his best finish coming at sixth.

The failure of the team to produce a car capable of winning races and challenging for the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships has led to growing speculations that the two drivers will move on from the team before the start of the 2015 season.

But according to di Montezomolo, there is no basis to these claims before adding that the team is very lucky to have two great drivers in the form of Alonso and Raikkonen and the entire team is working together to make Ferrari F1 competitive once again.

Raikkonen left Lotus F1 at the end of last season to re-join the team where he won the Formula One Drivers’ Championship in 2007. However, he has managed to pick up just 27 points from the eleven races so far, amid reports that he could quit the sport entirely and retire before 2015.

Alonso is also frustrated at the failure of the team to provide a competitive car and has been linked with a return to his former team McLaren F1, but he has a contract with the Scuderia outfit till 2016.

Ferrari F1 last won the Constructors’ Championship back in 2008 and has since then, not been able to recover their glory days and will be looking at these two to lead them back to the top.