Former Ferrari boss Jean Todt said the
decision to hire Kimi Raikkonen as driver instead of Fernando Alonso
was proven right by the way the last Formula One season unfolded.
Todt said he passed two-time world champion Alonso as the
replacement for Michael Schumacher, who retired in May 2006, because
he believed Raikkonen's character fit Ferrari better.
``Is Kimi better or worse than Alonso? I can't answer that _ for
me they are both excellent drivers. The car makes the difference,''
Todt said in an interview with the German trade magazine Auto, Motor
und Sport released Thursday. ``But I am sure, or at least as sure as
you can be on something like this, that Kimi is happy at Ferrari.''
Raikkonen and Ferrari overcame a bumpy start and caught McLaren
and its two drivers, Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, in the season's
final races. The Finn became world champion and the team claimed the
constructor's title, after McLaren was kicked out of the team
standings because of the F1 spy scandal.
``Kimi has been one of the best drivers for five or six years,''
Todt said. ``That's why I never could understand the people who were
disappointed by his performances in the first half of the season.''
Todt quit as Ferrari's sports director after the season ended,
and was replaced by Stefano Domenicali. However, he said Schumacher
had been the ideal successor.
``He was the best candidate for this job, but he didn't want
it,'' Todt said.
The 61-year-old Todt said he will no longer be involved in
Ferrari's daily business, but will still attend some of the races.