Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso says he doesn’t expect to have any problems with Kimi Raikkonen, ahead of the Finn’s arrival at the team next season.
Raikkonen, 33, will join Alonso at the team but the Spaniard insists that the arrival of the 2007 world champion won’t make much of a difference.
“I don’t think anyone will push me more than what I push now. Two world champions, I don’t think it makes any difference,” said Alonso ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix.
Alonso says that he has this opinion as, like Raikkonen, he considers current team-mate Felipe Massa as a world champion.
“You keep writing these 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 will probably not write. I consider Felipe a world champion as well.”
“I don’t think a title will change the relationship, or in the team, or in terms of pushing. Felipe was a world champion when he crossed the line in 2008, so it’s not like he’s a rookie driver.”
Alonso says he was continually informed about Ferrari’s driver decision for 2014 and is happy that the team has chosen Raikkonen.
“I was always informed about the team movements and it’s true that I think 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 out there in the market and especially with a championship with many changes for next year, so a team-mate with many years of F1 was important.”
“The team chose him so I’m happy.”