'Alonso, Kimi could be dangerous'

Thursday 2nd January 2014

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'Alonso, Kimi could be dangerous'

'Alonso, Kimi could be dangerous'

Luca di Montezemolo concedes pairing Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari this year carries with it some risk.

This season Raikkonen will be returning to Ferrari, the team with whom he won the 2007 World Championship before falling out of favour two years later.

Alonso stepped into the breach in 2010 but as yet has failed to secure a World title with the Scuderia.

In a bid to put an end to Red Bull's reign in 2014, Ferrari have recalled Raikkonen who will partner Alonso.

And although on paper that hands Ferrari one of the strongest line-ups on the grid, the team's president admits it is not without risk.

"Putting together Alonso and Raikkonen could be dangerous. But in Formula One...everything is potential danger," di Montezemolo told Reuters.

"I think that Fernando knows that he drives not for himself but for Ferrari.

"And Raikkonen knows that he is in the second half of his career, two very important years for him, with experience and responsibilities."

Di Montezemolo, though, is confident that both Alonso and Raikkonen will do what is right for Ferrari.

"(Team principal Stefano) Domenicali has spoken very clearly to both of them," he added.

"They have the honor and the responsibility to drive for Ferrari and every driver knows that he has to drive not for himself but for the team.

"If a driver wants to drive for himself, there are many possibilities. They can do their own team, they can go in a different team but in Ferrari these are the rules."

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