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Domenicali laughs off “anti-Alonso” snub

Sep 12, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has laughed off suggestions that the signing of Kimi Raikkonen is a public snub to current star driver Fernando Alonso, insisting that the Spaniard has a long future with the team.

Speculation surrounding Alonso’s future emerged at the Hungarian Grand Prix after he publicly criticized the design team of the F138 car following a difficult weekend. His manager was also pictured speaking with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, sparking rumors that he could be angling a move to the defending world champions. Further to that, Alonso has history of preferring a subservient teammate, leaving McLaren after just one year in 2007 due to then-rookie Lewis Hamilton’s pace. However, Domenicali does not envisage such problems.

“For anyone thinking that the choice of Kimi is somehow an anti-Alonso choice, I can put their minds at rest: at Ferrari, everyone knows the interests of the team come first and only then those of the individual,” he said on the team website. “Fernando is a key asset for this team and he will be for a long time.”

Domenicali is also sure that Alonso will welcome a teammate who is stronger than Felipe Massa, with Ferrari failing to seriously challenge for the constructors’ championship since 2008.

“I’m sure he [Alonso] is the first to be happy with a choice made to strengthen the group, because he is too intelligent not to realise that a stronger team can only be an advantage,” Domenicali explained.

Raikkonen’s move appears to give Ferrari the strongest driver pairing for 2014, with the team’s line-up boasting three world championships and fifty-two wins.

  1. scotiatom - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Alonso has to be pooing himself right now. Kimi is going to do what Lewis did and show him up for the whiny Muppet that he is.
    Something to look forward to next year!

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