2014

Kimi Raikkonen in the F-14T

Fernando Alonso is touted as the best of his generation – you just need to ask the likes of Emerson Fittipaldi and Alain Prost to be sure of, but, more than ever, actually you’re as good as your car. And on 2014, the first year of the V6 hybrid power units, the F14 T was reliable as a tank, but not fast enough. The engine crew said that their conservative choices were dictated by aerodynamic concerns, the aero crew later would admit that they were also conservative (the car had huge trouble to generate enough heat on the tires, hence the weak performances of quality), while Mercedes and Renault-powered teams flew.

Put together some discussed strategic choices (such as the choice of the inexperienced Marco Mattiacci to replace Stefano Domenicali, who decided to leave) and is easy to understand why it was the first winless season since 1993. And the returned Kimi Räikkönen never fell in love with the new package, what explained the results below par (he would show later that he had yet much to show). It wasn’t certainly easy to see the departed Felipe Massa, quoted almost as retired, going more to the podium than the Spaniard (and with a pole position on his name).

Mattiacci was dumped as fast as he was drafted in and, as one would expect Alonso true to his words (he said he would end his career at Ferrari), the driver from Oviedo decided to leave and rejoin McLaren, hoping for a better package (which he still is). The promise was for total revolution on 2015, starting with Sebastian Vettel joining the team.

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