Kimi would welcome Alonso

Thu, 6 December 2007, 09:32

Kimi Raikkonen says he wouldn’t mind sharing his Ferrari garage in the future with Fernando Alonso.

“I would have no problem with that at all,” the newly crowned world champion told the Roman newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

Speculation recently suggests that Alonso is searching for a temporary team for 2008 because he is eyeing a Ferrari race seat in 2009.

Finn Raikkonen, who is currently paired with Felipe Massa, said working with the Spanish double world champion would “not change my life or the way I drive”.

“It would be interesting to race against one another with the same car,” he added. “I don’t know when it is going to happen; perhaps never,” said Raikkonen.

Rumours have even suggested that, because Brazilian Massa recently penned a new Ferrari contract through 2010, Raikkonen may actually be ousted to make room for Alonso.

But Raikkonen says he is happy at Ferrari.

“I do not know if this is going to be my last contract, but I hope that this will be my last team,” he said.

The reticent Finn also insists that he has not been bothered that, despite the fact that he won the 2007 title, most of the post-season talk has been about other drivers.

Newspaper columns since the season finale in Brazil have been filled with espionage tales, Michael Schumacher’s test return, and seemingly endless plaudits for the 2007 championship runner-up, Lewis Hamilton.

But Raikkonen said: “I feel good. I hope the others stay in the spotlight and I can have a quiet life.

“I am the world champion and nothing can change it now. I am only interested in one trophy — the one I will collect this Friday in Monte Carlo.

“All the other awards – driver of the year, or whatever – I am happy to leave those to the others.”

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