Ecclestone Certain on Raikkonen to Ferrari

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone is ready to bet on Kimi Raikkonen moving from McLaren to Ferrari for 2007

Ecclestone Certain on Raikkonen to Ferrari

"[Michael] Schumacher will end his career at Ferrari. I think he will stop at the end of 2006," the 74-year-old Briton told Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper on Saturday.

"And I am ready to bet that, in 2007, Raikkonen will be in a Ferrari.

"I would like it if he were together with Valentino Rossi, but I don't have any information about that," he said.

Ferrari, struggling this season after years of domination, have made no secret that they see Raikkonen as a prime target for the future.

McLaren, fighting for the constructor's title, are equally determined to retain the Finn's services.

"Everyone can see Kimi is a fantastic driver, he would be a catch for Ferrari," Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn said at the Italian Grand Prix on Friday.

"I think Michael's got to stop one day and the two guys you've got to say appeal are (Renault's Fernando) Alonso and Raikkonen."

Raikkonen has won five races this year but is 24 points adrift of Championship leader Alonso with five Grands Prix remaining.

Ferrari are also taking a close interest in the charismatic Rossi, the MotoGP Champion who is close to securing his fifth successive title.

Brawn revealed at Monza that the Italian would have a series of tests next year after two private outings in a Formula One car already this season at the team's Fiorano test track.

"You can see he's got huge potential," said Brawn.

Only one man has won world titles on two wheels and four, Briton John Surtees switching to Formula One with Ferrari and taking the Championship in 1964.

Ecclestone also criticised Schumacher in the interview, saying the German was also partly to blame for Ferrari fans seemingly deserting the team with dwindling television audiences and reduced ticket sales.

"Italians only come to cheer on Ferrari. And they want to see their cars win. But at the moment Ferrari are in difficulty, I think mainly because of the tyres.

"But in a sense Michael Schumacher should have given more, being more accessible to the media, to everyone, instead of staying enclosed. He should realise that people want to talk to him because he is the best, the most popular."

shares
comments
McLaren on Top in Practice 4 - Italy
Previous article

McLaren on Top in Practice 4 - Italy

Next article

Q & A with Michelin's Pierre Dupasquier

Q & A with Michelin's Pierre Dupasquier
Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons Plus

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons

Gilles Villeneuve's exploits behind the wheel of a Ferrari made him a legend to the tifosi, even 40 years after his death. The team's current Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc enjoys a similar status, and recently got behind the wheel of a very special car from the French-Canadian’s career

Formula 1
Jun 24, 2022
How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock Plus

How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock

Porpoising has become the key talking point during the 2022 Formula 1 season, as teams battle to come to terms with it. An FIA technical directive ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix and a second stay appearing on the Mercedes cars only served to create a bigger debate and raise tensions further

Formula 1
Jun 23, 2022
Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left? Plus

Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left?

Having extended his Formula 1 points lead with victory in Canada, Max Verstappen has raised his game further following his 2021 title triumph. Even on the days where Red Bull appears to be second best to Ferrari, Verstappen is getting the most out of the car in each race. So, does he have any weaknesses that his title rivals can exploit?

Formula 1
Jun 22, 2022
How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector Plus

How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector

In 2026, Formula 1 plans to make the switch to a fully sustainable fuel, as the greater automotive world considers its own alternative propulsion methods. Biogasoline and e-fuels both have merit as 'drop-in' fuels but, equally, both have their shortcomings...

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far Plus

The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far

OPINION: Carlos Sainz came close to winning in Monaco but needed that race’s specific circumstances for his shot at a maiden Formula 1 victory to appear. Last weekend in Canada, he led the line for Ferrari in Charles Leclerc’s absence from the front. And there’s a key reason why Sainz has turned his 2022 form around

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Plus

Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Plenty of high scores but just a single perfect 10 from the first Montreal race in three years, as Max Verstappen fended off late pressure from Carlos Sainz. Here’s Autosport’s assessment on the Formula 1 drivers from the Canadian Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2022
Why “faster” Ferrari couldn’t beat Red Bull in Canadian GP Plus

Why “faster” Ferrari couldn’t beat Red Bull in Canadian GP

On paper the Canadian Grand Prix will go down as Max Verstappen’s latest triumph, fending off late pressure from Carlos Sainz to extend his Formula 1 world championship lead. But as safety car periods, virtual and real, shook up the race Ferrari demonstrated it can take the fight to Red Bull after recent failures

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2022
The in-demand helmet designer creating works of art for F1's best Plus

The in-demand helmet designer creating works of art for F1's best

GP Racing’s OLEG KARPOV pays a visit to designer Jens Munser, to observe the production of Mick Schumacher’s special helmet for the Miami Grand Prix. What follows is some fascinating insight on the mindsets of Mick’s dad Michael, and family friend Sebastian Vettel

Formula 1
Jun 19, 2022