Raikkonen calm on Schumacher return
|By Matt Beer and Diego Mejia||Friday, July 31st 2009, 16:45 GMT|
Kimi Raikkonen says he has no qualms about being joined in the Ferrari line-up if Michael Schumacher goes ahead with his plan to substitute for the injured Felipe Massa.
Schumacher has begun testing a 2007 Formula 1 Ferrari in a bid to see if he is fit enough for his intended comeback at the European Grand Prix.
Raikkonen insisted the identity of his team-mate was largely irrelevant to him, but welcomed news of Schumacher's return.
"For me it makes no difference who drives the second car," he said. "I don't think it is 100 per cent sure that he will drive as he is still checking things out.
"But it will be nice to have him as a team-mate. It nearly happened before."
Schumacher's comeback also received support from his former rival Juan Pablo Montoya.
The Colombian NASCAR racer, who had some memorable wheel to wheel battles with Schumacher before leaving F1 for stock cars, expects Schumacher to cope well, although he doubts the seven-time champion will improve on Raikkonen and Massa's recent results.
"I heard he was testing today already," said Montoya. "Physically he'll be fine with all the testing he'll do before that I think.
"Will he do a lot more than the current Ferrari drivers are doing? I'll be surprised but you know... you never know.
"I'm sure they're going to make sure that they come up with something new for his arrival to make sure he looks good."