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Raikkonen signing: Is Ferrari#8217;s team a mistake?

So the cat is finally out of the Kimi Raikkonen will to Ferrari on a two-year deal season, teaming up with Alonso to form arguably the potent driver combination on the

The move sets us up for the mouth-watering of watching two world champions on the top of game going head to in equal machinery, driving for the successful team in Formula and guarantees off-track drama as two men a fierce will to win try to get the upper over the other within the

The Alonso and Raikkonen intra-team will, without a doubt, be one of the storylines of the 2014 season and how the two go stamping their authority on the and indeed over one another, be intriguing to watch.

Fireworks are guaranteed and like any One fan I am curious to see how the relationship between the two play out.

Alonso what he wants and when he is the toys tend to start out of the pram. Getty Images

On the one there’s Alonso. We all know how his with McLaren imploded he was challenged and beaten by a young Hamilton competing in just his year of Formula One.

The then the reigning double champion, didn’t get the number one in the team that he felt he over a rookie and he left the in bitter circumstances (landing in hot water in the ‘Spygate’ scandal) just a single season, instead to return to the uncompetitive squad, biding his time as he lay in for the seat at Ferrari to open up.

Then once at Ferrari, he set about stamping his authority on the relegating long-time Ferrari man Massa to playing a supporting — in one instance ruthlessly overtaking the on the entry into the pits as the two went in for their stops.

gets what he wants and he is denied, the toys tend to flying out of the pram.

The McLaren falling out is the example stands out but there have other instances as well, after the 2006 Chinese Prix when Alonso his Renault team were not committed to helping him win the championship as did not want Alonso to take the 1’ sticker on the car with him to McLaren.

In cracks have already appearing in his relationship with as Alonso has grown frustrated at not added to his two titles thanks to a car that hasn’t been to match the Adrian Newey-designed Red which has allowed Sebastian to claim three championships in


One of the most political drivers on the Alonso has been resorting to maneuvering to motivate his team, a that has backfired and prompted a public rebuke from President Luca di Montezemolo who his star driver that he bigger than the team.

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is most certainly not what would have wanted. The is fast, unflappable and unlikely to be by anything Alonso might his way. He has been on blistering since his comeback, a completely driver to the one that left the in 2009, and has scored a record 27 points finishes since his

Indeed, Alonso had been Ferrari to retain Massa and signing is unlikely to go down with him.

But Ferrari, in appears to be a move by the team to Alonso who runs the show and against the increasingly frustrated possible departure, have put interests – the constructors’ championship – Alonso’s own.

I am sure know what they are James Allison, who recently Lotus for Ferrari, and Pat Fry, a McLaren man, have in the past worked with and Raikkonen and must have had input into Raikkonen’s

However, I can’t help but that Nico Hulkenberg, who was in the for the drive, would have a better bet for Ferrari.

While the German will not be playing a supporting role to he is still young and relatively and could have spent the few years honing his ability, at the double world champion’s before Alonso’s contract

Instead, I fear Raikkonen’s will further dent the strained relationship between and Ferrari and could well the end of the partnership.

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