Minardi: Raikkonen the 'greatest danger' for Alonso

Minardi: Raikkonen the 'greatest danger' for Alonso 

Giancarlo Minardi warns Fernando Alonso to look out for the 'ice man' 

F1 veteran Giancarlo Minardi believes that Kimi Raikkonen could be Fernando Alonso's biggest title threat during the second half of the season.

The veteran former team owner has been impressed with the Finn this year on his return to the sport and reckons he is one of five drivers' still in with a chance of winning the F1 2012 drivers' championship, along with, Alonso, of course, as well as, one assumes, Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton.

Raikkonen has yet to win in 2012, but has come close on a number of occasions, finishing on the podium five times - including taking three runners-up spots, the most recent in Hungary, just prior to the summer break, when hounded Hamilton to the chequered flag. The 'ice man' currently has 116 points on the board, 48 less than Alonso.

“Spa [the next race on the schedule] will be the real turning point to one of the most beautiful championships in recent years. To date we have not a real leader in terms of driver and car - and despite the fact [Fernando] Alonso is 40 points ahead, I think, it is premature to say the title is his,” Minardi said.

“There are five drivers' who could win the title still and the greatest danger could come from [Kimi] Raikkonen. Unfortunately, some results haven't gone his way and he needs to improve in qualifying too. But he is aggressive and consistent in his performance.

“It will be important [for all the teams] to have the best summer break [and] to develop new parts. Ferrari needs to find some more lap time and even though Red Bull Racing has lost some of its lustre [compared to 2011], it can count on the consistency of its two drivers unlike McLaren, Ferrari and Lotus.

“Alonso, [however], is in great shape and he has managed to take every opportunity, supported by a reliable Ferrari. It is this aspect that allows the Scuderia to concentrate 100 percent on the development of the car.”

As for his 'old' team, Minardi added that rumours technical director Giorgio Ascanelli has left are concerning, although not entirely unexpected, given Red Bull's 'B' team has only scored 6 points this year and hasn't got into the points since Malaysia.

“There is trouble at home with Toro Rosso and I am sorry to see Giorgio Ascanelli is [officially] on 'holiday',” Minardi continued. “After last year, expectations are very different and now there will have to be a precise analysis of the changes needed for 2013. The clashes between team principal [Franz Tost] and the technical director [Giorgio Ascanelli] are synonymous with nervousness and, perhaps, the choices [made by Tost] are not always endorsed by the technical department.”

Fonte: www.crash.net

Putz! Alguém me belisca para eu poder realmente acreditar no que os meus olhos leem. Nunca imaginei que depois de 2 anos fora da F1 Kimi voltaria na briga por um título logo no ano de retorno! #loucodemais

Eu sei que dos 5 primeiros pilotos na disputa Kimi é o que tem menor possibilidade matemática, mas quando eu paro para analisar que uma vitória em Spa pode mudar tudo, fico ainda mais nervosa.

Também acho que de todos os adversários de Alonso na luta direta pelo Mundial, Räikkönen é o mais perigoso. Vettel e Hamilton são bons pilotos sim, mas ainda pecam pela inexperiência. Webber eu não comento, está lá porque a Red Bull tem carro, e Kimi, bom, Kimi é como Alonso, nasceu pronto! #desculpem #Ludyémetidamesmo rsrsrs

Beijinhos, Ludy


bryan disse…
muito bem Ludy ! Sempre direta e reta. Como dizem..."O segredo do fracasso é querer agradar todo mundo"
Manu disse…
Estava pensando esses dias sobre o fato de que Spa pode mudar muita coisa. Mas fiquei tensa, principalmente porque essa pausa faz a gente alimentar as expectativas, que são possíveis, muito possíveis.
Mesmo assim, fico tensa. Alguns fantasmas rondam a Manu... ¬¬'

Bela frase Brian!

É isto que me deixa nervosa Manu, o fato deste tempo todo das férias, tendo Kimi terminado em alto nível na Hungria, como acabou e a expectativa que já era imensa agora está em um nível insuportável. Mídia e nós fãs, todos esperando que lá, em Spa, ele arrase. Tô falando sério, estou tão ansiosa para esta corrida que tenho medo de passar mal... rsrsrs

bjs, Ludy

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