Formula One News » F1 2013 β Webber: Raikkonen move good for Alonso Posted on 16/09/2013
Mark Webber believes Kimi Raikkonenβs move from Lotus to Ferrari will be good for Fernando Alonso and help Alonso push himself more.
Webber told Autosport “I think Fernando will see it as a positive thing, the positives for me are that Fernando needs to be pushed more on Saturday afternoons; which he will live for.
“Kimi will lift him and help him to get a bit more out of himself on Saturday afternoons. On Sundays there is no question, we know Fernando is a brilliant racer, but on Saturdays Kimi will lift him to another level.
“Fernando will also see it as an opportunity to do well against Kimi. He will back himself in this situation. The team will have to be careful on the technical front, Kimi we know is a phenomenal guy, but it will be interesting to see if Fernando feels it will be even in terms of the work rate going on.
“It is a big, big technical challenge next year. Both drivers have to put a lot into that and I don’t think Fernando will be too happy if it is all one sided.
“But they will sort that out. I don’t see many downsides, but they have got 12 months to make it work. Fernando isn’t going to be too patient just from a performance perspective, let alone who his team-mate is. I don’t think he will be too patient.”