Rob W wrote:I'm pretty sure we've heard similar comments from Irvine, Barrichello and Massa over the years.. except long after leaving Ferrari the former two drivers changed their story when asked about it.
Eddie Irvine wrote:Michael won’t walk in there and expect to be number one to Nico. The fastest guy will be the number one and that’s always been the case wherever Michael has been. If Nico goes quicker than him then he can expect to be team leader but I don’t expect that to happen.
When I was at Ferrari with Michael, I did the majority of the testing, the tyre work and the chassis work. But Michael could just get in the car and go fast immediately. He was quicker than me so he was the number one. When I was close to winning the title in 1999, Michael came back after his broken leg and proved he wasn’t just the best number one but also the best number two in Malaysia when he let me past for the race win.
WhiteBlue wrote:I'm afraid that Irvine had pretty much the opposite to say. He said that Michael earned the #1 on merits of being the faster driver.
Rob W wrote:Years later, after Irvine retired and got more opinionated, his tune changed. ......
Irvine says Michael was quicker and that's why he was #1 - he says that now he doesn't have anything to prove and can be frank about his driving compared to Michael. At the time however he sung a very different tune.
WhiteBlue wrote:I hear what you say but I do not see any sources or quotes which would substantiate your memory that Irvine changed his tune. It would be easier to believe it if we had it written down somewhere.
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