Perhaps the biggest surprise of winter testing was the vitriol that was leveled at Kimi. It was either that or that Massa outpaced him.
So what’s going on? Massa has been at the team, got used to the tires and has always been a much more natural tester than Kimi so should it even have come as a suprise? Add to that that Michael really likes Massa and Kimi has been seen by some (wrongly I think) to be stealing Michael’s seat.
This rivalry will be an interesting one to watch. Massa vastly improved last season and will be perhaps Kimi’s toughest team mate. And there couldn’t be more difference between the effusive Massa and quiet Kimi.
But the other side of this is that even with Ross and Michael (almost) out of the picture Jean Todt is a smart cookie. I have a feeling that off the track the two of them might bond.
From a racing point of view perhaps the biggest change at Ferrari is the one people have been talking about least. The end of team orders. Even though many see Kimi as the de facto number one, I truely believe that Ferrari will let the drivers fight at least at first. At least until a clear leader emerges. That’s got to be the way they go. Kimi is quick but we don’t know for sure he’s quick at Ferrari. We also know that Massa has a special place in Todt’s heart. Not as special as his place for Michael but certainly stronger than that for Kimi.
Lets just hope that an indulgent Father allows both of his sons to flower. And doesn’t just leave one feeling neglected.
And now that Bernie has come out on the side of Massa saying that he thinks it will be Massa not Kimi this year who wins the championship it will be an interesting pressure that Kimi feels ringing in his ears as he’s landing in Australia to start the season.