Ross Brawn has refused to speculate about how Ferrari intends to handle new team driver Kimi Raikkonen’s ‘playboy’ reputation.
Maranello’s departing technical director was asked by Racer magazine whether he was worried that seven time world champion Michael Schumacher’s replacement for 2007 is often mired by the tabloid media’s attention.
“We have to wait and see how that all evolves at Ferrari,” Racer – referring to Finn Raikkonen’s reportedly notorious affection for a wild party – quoted Brawn as saying.
He added: “Let’s wait and see what happens — I might dig myself into a hole if I say anything.”
Renault boss Flavio Briatore, meanwhile – despite earlier wanting to put the 27-year-old in an Enstone-built car for 2007 – observed that Raikkonen might not be a guarantee for continued success at Ferrari.
Referring to Kimi’s five year McLaren career, he insisted: “The guy has never won anything. He was in a very good team.”