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Ferrari appears to have a competitive car this season with its outlook for 2014 dependent on the team’s development efforts through the championship but the Italian outfit is yet to ascertain whether its driver pairing will click.
Fielding two world champions in Fernando Alonso, a master in polemics, and Kimi Raikkonen, a seemingly insouciant character, Ferrari may have bit a little more than it can chew.
Felipe Massa, who has been a teammate to both the drivers at Ferrari, believes that Alonso will have the upper hand at Maranello.
"Because he's very intelligent and has already grasped the new rules,” reckoned Massa, who is now driving for Williams
"(Alonso) knows what he needs to do to be fast from the beginning. He combines talent with brains. He really is clever, and that is what you need for rule changes as drastic as these," the Brazilian added.
Massa, however, pointed out that the new Ferrari could turn out to be better suited to Kimi's driving style" which could allow the Finn to upstage the Spaniard.
Another former teammate to both drivers, Romain Grosjean, wasn’t too keen to place any bets just yet.
"They are two very strong personalities. It will be interesting," Grosjean told Total Race. "Kimi is very much like Fernando in several respects. Both like to be number one, so we'll see what happens.
"If there is something I could learn from Kimi and Fernando it is that they never quit. Whenever they get into the car, they get 100 percent from it, whether it is a good car, bad car, if it's dry, wet," the Frenchman elaborated.