As one chapter comes to a close for Ferrari with the departure of Felipe Massa, and another one resumes after a four year break with return of Kimi Raikkonen, team principal Stefano Domenicali and Fernando Alonso were quick to welcome the Finn.
“I am pleased to welcome Kimi back to the Scuderia, the team with which he won his World Championship title,” said Domenicali.
“I sense he is very happy to be returning to Maranello and very determined to tackle the work that awaits him in the best way possible,” added the Italian team boss.
Alonso also had a word for Kimi Raikkonen. “I’d like to welcome my new travelling companion: together, starting next year, we will have to tackle a very demanding technical and racing challenge.”
The partnership will be the most experienced on the grid in 2014 with three titles between them from a combined 397 grand prix starts and 52 wins. But only time will tell if he potentially volatile pairing will reap rewards for the sport’s most famous team – who last won a title when Raikkonen did the business in 2007.
Raikkonen said, “I can’t wait to be driving a Prancing Horse car again and to reacquaint myself with so many people with whom I had such close links, as well as working with Fernando, whom I consider a great driver, in order to bring the team the success it deserves.” (Ferrari-Apex)
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