Fernando Alonso has rebuffed claims there might be friction between him and his new Ferrari team mate in 2010.
Alonso said he thought Felipe Massa’s experience at Ferrari would be useful to himself as a newcomer:
Felipe is a great team mate for me. First of all I think he’s a Latin character like me, speaking Italian with me so the conversation is very fluid. And also I think Felipe has been at Ferrari the last four or five years and I think that when you’re joining a new team that your team mate is not also new in the team because you can get a bit lost with the technical people.
A lot has been written already about whether Ferrari are taking a gamble by having two drivers with ‘Latin temperaments’ in their team. Whether or not that’s an accurate representation of their personalities, the potential for conflict is certainly there.
Massa has had a succession of strong team mates compared to which he’s usually done better than expected: Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher and Kimi R?â?ñikk?â?Ânen for example.
Alonso, however, hasn’t had a team mate capable of keeping him honest since he was paired up with Lewis Hamilton three years ago – and we all know how that turned out.
Speaking at Ferrari’s media event at Madonna di Campiglio, Alonso also said he believes his fourth change of F1 team will be the last of his career:
Racing with Ferrari was my objective and I?óÔé¼Ôäóll certainly end my career with this fantastic team. I think that it?óÔé¼Ôäós impossible to find the same passion somewhere else.
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