The long awaited move finally came in when Ferrari announced that Kimi will make a come-back to Scuderia with a 2 year deal starting next season. F1 fans will get to see two world champions – Kimi and Alonso, driving the Ferraris in the next season and this thought itself makes the 2014 season a block buster in making.
This announcement itself is historic for the legendary team as last time it fielded two world champions was way back in early 1950s when Ascari and Farina drove together. Shows how desperate the team is to break the Red Bull domination and come back into the recknoning.
Most people – fans & experts, are of the view that Kimi might just bring in the spark that Ferrari needs to revive itself. Ironic for a man who is nick-named the ‘Ice Man’! There is a merit in this view given Ferrai’s current situation. They have not been the best team over last few seasons, something that the prancing horse is not used to. The domination of Red Bulls with Sebastian Vettel at helm has been one of the major reasons. Despite a formidable line-up comprising Alonso and Massa, Ferrari has been just about above average. They definitely needed a new burst of energy to revive them and the Finn might just be that. Kimi comes to Ferrari after hugely successful stint at Lotus wherein he posted 20+ consecutive in-point finish.
There is another school of thought as well. Sceptics have reasons to believe that the combination of ‘Ice’ and ‘Fire’ might actually NOT work for Scuderia. Alonso is known to be extremely aggressive and ambitious and has never been comfortable with any position other than top/preferred driver within the team. When challenged by Lewis Hamilton in Lewis’ debut season, Alonso had a very ugly break up with the team which led to his move to Renault. On the other hand, though Kimi is a man of few words, his ambitions are also not limited and he would love to gun for his second world championship in 2014 riding on a back of very good form. Managing the expectations between the two drivers would be the single biggest challenge for Scuderia going forward. Not a great thing for a team when it is eyeing a revival. While the team boss Luca Di Montezemolo has always maintained that the team is bigger than the drivers, he surely is up for a hard time in the next season.
Who proves to be right, only time will tell. For now, F1 fans all over the globe are celebrating this announcement and salivating at the prospect of seeing Alonso and Kimi – the deadly combo of Fire and ice, ride alongside in the scarlet red Ferraris. For this reason only, 2014 season might turn out to be the most awaited season in the history of the sport.
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