I think Alonso needs LdM to say all these "I love You forever"-type of words. Look at Felipe. His self confidence has actually been a reflection of his race engineer's encouragements which have had a direct impact on his driving.
After all this hype, '2014-Alonso-Has-the-upper-hand-prophecy' and 'Strongest driver' 'The first of the mortals' comparisons it has affected Fernando's own ego and image. Self confidence is extremely important when you want good results. It's just that now one of the oldest drivers in the paddock claims to be have supernatural powers. A driver who actually thinks he's a samurai. Yet the guy needs more gasoline to the flames. Really wonder why is that... Hamilton seemed to be a bit like him few years ago but once he has matured he's more concentrating on his efforts on track and not outside.
What comes to Kimi I'm absolutely sure that Robertson knew (always had known) what Kimi wanted and it's not to drive as a Number Two. Ferrari knows that Kimi is willing to help Fred if Kimi is too much behind. Big question is: is Fred willing to do the same?
I'm not sure if Fernando really asked Kimi for dinner but it seems that now when Fernando has said things like: "We might be missing Felipe.", could it be that Kimi rejected Alonso's offer? Or does Alonso think that with the 2014 car specifics Kimi might have an actual edge on him? He did say that he's willing to change his driving style into more Kimi-type driving... Who knows. While I'm personally pretty sure Kimi would be indeed faster with Michelins in Quali (Alonso too), he's not (in terms of raw speed) in the second half of his career. In terms of the actual timescale he is. I also think that 2 sabbatical years in Rally made Kimi a better driver + it's possible that he got two extra years in Formula 1 when his neck and nerve pathways have rejuvenated for two years (basicly no high G-force pressure to the body).
Whether you praise or disparage Fernando, it affects him. But Kimi couldn't care less and thus it doesn't affect his performance. So from Luca di Montezemolo's stand point, he just wants Alonso to stay put and be comfortable. Although LdM seems to be spitting controversial words from his mouth from time to time. Don't know if he's too old. First they don't veto this Double-points-system and later on raising big clouds of concern over this matter? Strange guy.
In 2014 Ferrari has the strongest lineup. If the car performs well, drivers are at the very top of their game and they both have a chance to cash in the WDC.
Edited by andrea303, 20 December 2013 - 16:53.