Fernando Alonso says he advised Ferrari to hire Kimi Raikkonen after they decided not to retain Felipe Massa for 2014.
“I was always informed about the team?óÔé¼Ôäós movements, even at a time when the decision had not yet been taken,” said Alonso during the build-up to the Singapore Grand Prix.
“However, once they decided not to keep Felipe, they asked me what I thought and I told them that in my opinion, Kimi was the best out there in the market, especially when next year?óÔé¼Ôäós championship will see many changes and will require a lot of car development work in January and February.”
“I told the team it was important therefore to have a team-mate with a lot of Formula One experience and I am happy with the choice.”
Alonso dismissed the suggestion that having Raikkonen as a team mate will force him to raise his game. “I don?óÔé¼Ôäót believe any team mate can push me more than I push myself,” he said. “Having two champions will make no difference,” he said.
“Even when I came here, people said that it would be a difficult relationship with Felipe who had been here for many years. After four years together, I can say he is one of the best friends I have here.
“Anyway, I consider Felipe like a world champion as well. Remember, he was a world champion when he crossed the line in 2008, so it?óÔé¼Ôäós not like he?óÔé¼Ôäós a rookie driver.”
2013 Singapore Grand Prix
- Penalty for third reprimand “disappointing” – Webber
- Di Resta still unsure over cause of Singapore crash
- Singapore showed Vettel’s true advantage – Hamilton
- Fourth Driver of the Weekend win for Vettel
- Second-lowest ever rating for Singapore Grand Prix
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