Montezemolo admits pairing could lead to issues

Sunday 05th January 2014, 00:34 by TF1T Staff 

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Ferrari's president, Luca di Montezemolo, has admitted that teaming Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen together could potentially lead to problems.

The pairing will be one of the most competitive and experienced on the grid. However Alonso's history suggests having a team-mate capable of matching or even beating him, could cause friction.

Speaking to Reuters, Montezemolo admitted there is a chance that could happen, but he believes they both know where they stand.

"Putting together Alonso and Raikkonen could be dangerous," he said. "But in F1...everything is potential danger.

"I think that Fernando knows that he drives not for himself but for Ferrari. And Raikkonen knows that he is in the second half of his career, two very important years for him, with experience and responsibilities."

Speaking about Raikkonen's upcoming duties to prepare for 2014, the Italian added: "Kimi will be extremely busy since the beginning of January to work in this strange machine that I don't like at all, the simulator," Montezemolo said. "It's a joke. We have been forced to invest a huge amount of money in this terrible, artificial, machine instead of being allowed to test here [at Fiorano] and at Mugello."

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