Alonso: Räikkönen no quicker than Massa
10 October 2013 – Fernando Alonso does not expect Kimi Räikkönen to provide Ferrari with a surge in pace when he returns to the outfit next season, arguing that outgoing team-mate Felipe Massa, who formerly raced alongside the Finn, "is not any slower".
Although Alonso is confident that he and Räikkönen will be able to deliver a "very good" campaign when they unite in 2014, he reckons their success will revolve around car performance, as opposed to the arrival of the current Lotus driver.
"For next year, with Kimi, we can do a very good championship, and again try to score as many points as possible," said Alonso. "But I think in terms of speed, Felipe is not any slower. When they were racing together, Felipe was as quick as him in a way.
"If we have a competitive car, we will enjoy the season, and we will do very good things. If we have a not very competitive car I think it will be similar to this season."
Räikkönen remains Ferrari's latest individual title winner with his 2007 triumph.