In what is clearly a huge surprise for the F1 community, Felipe Massa admitted at Ferrari’s new year party that Ron Dennis asked him to drive for the Woking outfit in 2007. He said he had complimented Ron Dennis on the team’s efforts when Ron had surprised him with a You-could-be-part-of-it reply. As it turns out, that was exactly the same line Ron used to obtain the services of current world champion Fernando Alonso for 2007. Michael Schumacher, race driving legend and all that, happened to be wandering by at the party and expressed his surprise at this revelation. He recalled congratulating Ron on Kimi’s pole position at Monza when Ron made him the same offer which he obviously politely and firmly declined. Further digging by FFNA’s ever-efficient correspondents has unearthed that Ron has also used that line on Heikki Kovalainen, Ralf Schumacher, Jarno Trulli, GianCarlo Fisichella, Jenson Button…and more than half the grid actually (many would have agreed had it not been for existing contracts).

We contacted Kimi Raikkonen about this, and this is what he had to say –

That is how Ron reacts to any compliment. I used to get confused earlier and point out to Ron that I was already a part of it, but later I just ignored him. What can I do, that’s Ron Dennis…and sometimes this happens.”

Ron Dennis could not be reached for comment.