Last week, Ferrari confirmed that talented Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen will replace Felipe Massa, a move that will surely see them emerge as serious challengers for the Constructors' Championship next year - especially with Daniel Ricciardo joining Red Bull.
Raikkonen will not want to be the second driver behind Alonso, however, and early form (and luck) may create problems if Alonso doesn’t have a points gap ahead of Raikkonen after a few races without the help any team orders.
Raikkonen is a former world champion and has proven his ability (with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo stating he could beat Alonso), yet Alonso will want a number-one spot with the Scuderia and will be looking to break reigning champion Sebastian Vettel’s dominance next season.
Ferrari, however, ultimately need a more competitive car to win the world title and this is a factor that Raikkonen will play little part in if Alonso gets a better start next year.
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