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Raikkonen rivalry exaggerated - Alonso

Tuesday 15th April 2014

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Raikkonen rivalry exaggerated - Alonso

Raikkonen rivalry exaggerated - Alonso

Fernando Alonso has revealed that his rivalry with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen has been blown out of proportion and that he and the Finn have no problem working together.

Alonso and Raikkonen have been rivals at the front end of the grid for the majority of their respective careers, dating back to when they drove for Renault and McLaren respectively, when Alonso twice finished just ahead of Raikkonen in the Drivers' Championship standings.

Speaking to exclusive to CNN's 'The Circuit' in an interview that will be broadcast on April 19, the two-time World Champion revealed that neither driver has a problem with the other in the Ferrari garage now that they are team-mates.

"I think from the outside it's always exaggerated how the relationships between teammates are. It's true that you should beat your teammate to have a better reputation or to have a better result in that weekend," Alonso said during his interview with CNN's 'The Circuit'.

"But believe me when we are in a meeting or a debrief after a race, people should see the atmosphere... that is inside the team. There are zero problems, there are only good things or positive things...helpful comments from the other driver. There's a huge communication and a huge teamwork despite what you read or what you see from the outside

"I think he's very talented so that is a huge help and a huge motivation for myself first and also for the team because the team knows it has to deliver a good car because Kimi will deliver a good result."

Alonso also reflected on some of the key moments in his career to date, including his debut in Australia with Minardi.

"The first one probably has been in 94 where I was the Spanish champion and that is probably the first time that I felt something proud a bit and some achievement that I was happy," the Spaniard continued.

"My first Grand Prix- clear memory. I didn't know what to touch in the steering wheel. I arrive in my first Formula One Grand Prix in Australia with Minardi team and we did not have any pre-season test because the car was not read.

"They explained briefly what the steering wheel was, buttons obviously to press... and then I remember going out from the garage, going to the pit-lane and it was a red light lane.

"At the end all the cars were queuing there and I arrived and there was a panic moment because I did not know what was the neutral button, and I was trying to find the neutral button, and I had one second or I would crash with someone."

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