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.
ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).
“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.
“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”
For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.
“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.
“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”
Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.
“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.