Alonso ‘delighted’ to take on Raikkonen
Fernando Alonso says he is delighted he will share the track with Kimi Raikkonen next year, following the Finn’s return to Formula 1 with Lotus.
Raikkonen, who left the sport at the end of 2009, has secured a two-year deal with Lotus Renault to return to Grand Prix racing in 2012. Alonso believes the Finn’s comeback is good news for the sport. “I welcome him back. He’s a great driver,” Alonso said in Madrid. “He’s 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.”