Alonso looking forward to Raikkonen return

(L to R): Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault with Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari. Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia Spain, Friday 21 August 2009.

Fernando Alonso with Kimi Raikkonen

Dec.21 (PVM) Two times F1 world champion Fernando Alonso has welcomed Kimi Raikkonen back to Formula 1 and relishes the prospect of going wheel to wheel again with the popular Finn.

Speaking a at a media conference in Madrid, Alonso said, “I welcome him back. He is a great driver, one of the drivers with the biggest talent on the grid, a world champion, a wonderful person… So it’s going to be a pleasure to race alongside him.”

“I’m not comparing him with anyone, but it’s not the same to start a race and get to the first corner and have Kimi Raikkonen alongside you than having a young driver or a rookie. Fighting with champions like this gives you a different feeling and more security,” added the Spaniard who replaced Raikkonen at Ferrari in 2010.