Alonso fired up by 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 in 2009

Jan.19 (PVM) Fernando Alonso believes that the return of Kimi Raikkonen will raise the game for 2012 and believes that there are more than a dozen drivers capable of winning races this season.

Alonso told TotalRace: “The fact that six champions will be on the grid raises the level of the championship. This makes me happy because it provides a big challenge and the desire to do well in a year with so many champions is higher for everyone.”

“Kimi’s return is certainly a very great news for all of us, not only to Formula 1, but also for the spectators, for people who love the races, because he is a very talented driver. I have always respected him and a driver you can trust racing wheel to wheel,” commented the 2005 and 2006 F1 world champion who replaced the Finn at Maranello for the 2010 season.

“We are 12 grand prix winners on the grid this season. So there are about 14 drivers capable of winning a race on Sunday if their car is any good. This could be great fun for the fans,” added Alonso.