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Alonso: Kimi was the best choice

Thursday 19-September-2013 13:02

Fernando Alonso has revealed Ferrari asked for his opinion before signing Kimi Raikkonen to which he told them that the Finn was the "best" option.

Next season Raikkonen will return to Ferrari with whom he won the 2007 World title, partnering double World Champion Alonso.

It will be the first time in over 60 years that Ferrari have "two roosters in the same hen house" and many are predicting it could be an explosive combination.

Alonso disagrees, saying it will be a successful one.

"I was always informed about all the team's movements," he said.

"It's true that until the last moment the team didn't make a decision, and when they decided it was better to change Felipe they asked me what was my opinion and my opinion was that Kimi was the best out there in the market, especially with many changes for next year.

"In terms of developing the car in January and February a team-mate that has been in Formula One for many years is important and the team chose Kimi so I am happy."

The 32-year-old downplayed suggestions that Raikkonen will push him harder than he has been pushed before as the Spaniard rates current team Felipe Massa very highly.

"The motivation will always be similar. I will do my best all the time and sometimes you deliver the results people expect and sometimes not, but I don't think that anyone will push me more than what I push now.

"Having two World Champions doesn't make any difference. It's something that you [the media] keep writing and many people try to say, which was exactly the same as what people said when I arrived here with Felipe, because he had been at Ferrari for many years already. People said it would be a very difficult relationship but after four years he is one of the best friends I have here.

"Felipe I consider to be a World Champion as well, it's not like [Raikkonen's] one title will change anything when I'm pushing. Felipe was World Champion when he crossed the line in 2008 so it's not like he is a rookie driver."

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