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Ferrari thought hard about Hulkenberg before Raikkonen

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Ferrari have admitted they "thought hard" about signing the promising German Nico Hulkenberg for 2014.

After making the decision to oust Brazilian Felipe Massa, Ferrari ultimately chose their last world champion Kimi Raikkonen to line up alongside Fernando Alonso for next season.

Some are saying however, that Hulkenberg, 24, would have been the more normal choice for the Scuderia given the like to have a policy of a younger driver backing up a clear 'number 1'.

That will now not be the case with Raikkonen and Alonso in the team.

"He (Hulkenberg) was one of the candidates that we thought hard about," Ferrari boss Domenicali told Germany's Sport Bild.

The Italian revealed however, the issue of experience was what pushed Ferrari to go with Raikkonen.

"He also knows the team, he's very fast, he makes no mistakes and is not political," added Domenicali.

"But I think that for the future Nico still has a very good chance," he insisted.

The new Alonso - Raikkonen partnership dubbed "fire and ice" by some has been the subject of great debate by those in the F1 world with some predicting trouble between the two, Domenicali is not worried however.

"The priority is to have a good car," he said. "If it's fast, I expect no problems. If not, then we have bigger problems anyway.

"It is clear that both have the same conditions and their performance alone will decide who is at the front," added Domenicali.

One man who knows about fiery relationships with a team-mate in Alain Prost, who famously crashed on several occasions with Ayrton Senna at McLaren but the Frenchman too believes the pair can get on.

"When I was at McLaren and Senna came," he is quoted by France's RMC Sport, "we actually got along very well ... except on the track.

"It will be the same for Alonso and Raikkonen. After that, it will be a matter of the management, and I see Ferrari as a team capable of handling it," added Prost.

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