Felipe Massa believes the struggles of Kimi Raikkonen behind the wheels of the Ferrari this season has more to do with the psychological impact of having Fernando Alonso as his teammate than any issues with his car.
Raikkonen returned to Ferrari set-up ahead of the 2014 season replacing Massa to partner Alonso in what was being seen as the best driver lineup in the paddock but the former world champion has struggled throughout the season to get any kind of consistency going.
Raikkonen won the Formula One Drivers’ Championship with Ferrari in 2007 before leaving in 2009 and it was expected he and Alonso will help Ferrari reclaim the mantle of being the top team in the sport after years of struggle but it hasn’t panned out the way it was expected and Raikkonen has failed to beat the Spaniard even in qualifying.
Moreover, Raikkonen trails his teammate by a massive 94 points in the standings for the Formula One Drivers’ Championship and considering the fact that they both drive the same car, it is just an unacceptable result for the team and the fans.
But Massa, who drove alongside Alonso for five seasons, knows a thing or two about being teammates with the Spaniard, widely considered as the most talented and complete driver on the grid at the moment.
Massa said that it is difficult being Alonso’s teammate and Raikkonen is having the problem in his head as well. The Brazilian said that it is difficult to be a teammate because he is a top driver, with speed, skills and the entire skill set required to succeed in the sport and he is aggressive too and that is the pressure that the Finn has had to deal with and it has clearly shown in his performances this season for Ferrari.