The AC Milan midfielder has compared his "poweful and unpredictable" team-mate to the high-performance sports car
Balotelli has regularly courted controversy on and off the pitch during spells with Inter, Manchester City and the Rossoneri, but is enjoying his most productive season to date this term under new coach Clarence Seedorf, having netted 18 goals in all competitions.
De Jong believes the 23-year-old's "powerful and unpredictable" nature makes him as tough to handle as any top-of-the-range sports car.
"In my view, Balotelli can be compared to a Ferrarri," he told Forza Milan magazine. "He is powerful and unpredictable."
Balotelli made his 50th appearance for Milan in the 3-0 win over Livorno at the weekend, scoring his side's opening goal.