Alonso: No difference with Räikkönen
19 September 2013 – Fernando Alonso is not expecting Kimi Räikkönen to cause any problems when he joins Ferrari in 2014, claiming that the team dynamic will remain much the same.
Having raced alongside Felipe Massa since 2010, it was announced last week that Alonso will partner Räikkönen from next season onwards, the first time Ferrari has paired two World Champions since Alberto Ascari and Giuseppe Farina in 1953.
And although there has been plenty of speculation as to how the two will function within the same team, Alonso is confident that their relationship will be positive.
"I don't think anyone will push me more than I push now," explained Alonso. "Two World Champions, I don't think it makes any difference. You [the media] keep writing things, which is exactly the same as when I arrived here, with people saying it would be a disaster with Felipe. And after four years, he's one of the best friends I have here.
"For next year it will be the same, but that's something you probably will not write. I don't think a title will change the relationship, or within the team, or in terms of pushing. Felipe was a World Champion when he crossed the line in 2008."
Alonso said he was always kept up to date with Ferrari's line-up decision, revealing that he backed Räikkönen after the Italian marque opted to part ways with Massa.
"I was always informed about the team's movements," Alonso said. "It's true, I think, that until the last moment the team didn't make a decision, and when they decided that it was better to change Felipe they asked me what was my opinion. My opinion was that Kimi was the best in the market, especially with many changes next year, so a team-mate with many years of F1 was important. The team chose him; I'm happy."