Fernando Alonso welcomed new team mate Kimi Raikkonen to Ferrari, saying he can learn from the 2007 world champion.
“I have faith in Ferrari and I am happy to be able to work with Raikkonen, a driver who has a rare talent and from whom I can learn a lot,” said Alonso.
“The experience he and I have will be vital to develop the car: the most important thing is that we work together for Ferrari and that a red car is first across the line, no matter which one.”
Alonso, who was rumoured to be considering leaving the team during the season, said he was optimistic about Ferrari’s prospects with the new 2014 regulations.
“Maybe now there are those who believe that it would be better to chose Red Bull, but Ferrari is always the winning hand and one has to have maximum faith in them. I hope we can improve on 2013, maybe making the most of the rule changes to be at the same level as the best.”
Alonso added his preferred number for next year, when drivers will be able to choose their car numbers, is 14. “It?óÔé¼Ôäós always brought me luck, ever since I won at the age of 14, on 14th July in 1996, with a kart that had the number 14. Let?óÔé¼Ôäós see it if still brings me luck.”
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