Ferrari could struggle in 2007 with Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel.
That is the claim of former team owner and principal Peter Sauber, who in 2001 convinced the governing body to allow a scarily inexperienced Raikkonen to make his grand prix debut.
Raikkonen, now 27 and having raced a further five years with McLaren, is the retiring Michael Schumacher’s replacement at the Jean Todt-run Ferrari outfit.
“Jean Todt knows the weak side of Kimi, especially on the technical side,” Sauber told reporters on Tuesday at the launch in Valencia of the new BMW-Sauber.
He continued: “Kimi is not so interested in technical things and today in formula one that is very important, to develop the car.
“But I think he has good support in Felipe (Massa).”
Sauber, who also gave Massa his debut a year after Raikkonen, will again travel to about ten races this year in his continuing role as a BMW-Sauber consultant and sponsor contact.