Schumacher predicts “explosive” Alonso-Raikkonen partnership

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Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has spoken out about Kimi Raikkonen’s move to Ferrari for the first time, believing that the Finn’s pending partnership with Fernando Alonso has the potential to be “explosive.”

Schuamacher retired from the sport at the end of last season as the greatest driver in its history (statistically speaking) with seven world championships and ninety-one race wins  to his name. He raced alongside both Raikkonen and Alonso during his time in F1, losing out to the Spaniard in the 2006 drivers’ championship at the final round of the season. However, he believes that the two drivers working together at Ferrari could be successful, albeit difficult to manage.

“Ferrari with Fernando and Kimi, that sounds like an explosive mixture,” Schumacher told German publication Bild.

“For motorsport fans it will certainly be sensational and for the competition tough to crack. It will be exciting to watch.”

The signing of Raikkonen for 2014 has received a mixed response from the F1 world. Although it has been acknowledged that this will give the team the strongest driver pairing for next season, the prospect of having two high-powered drivers in the same team is one that appears problematic at first.

Both Raikkonen and Alonso have enjoyed ‘number one’ status in the past, but they will now have to work together in order to give Ferrari a shot at their first constructors’ championship since 2008.

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.