Alonso has no issues with Hamilton, Vettel as teammates

© Ubaid Parkar, 21 June 2012
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Although Fernando Alonso has a say in who would be his teammate at Ferrari, the two-time world champion however is open to accept both Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton as his partner at the Italian team.

Recent speculation has linked Vettel to Ferrari with team principal Stefano Domenicali indicating recently that the pair was sure to work, although Alonso wasn't holding his breath.

“After I won the title in 2005 with Renault, people were already saying I was going to Ferrari and it took me five years to do so, as I arrived in 2010. So maybe Sebastian will come in five years’ time," the Ferrari driver said. "But I am not concerned about it.

"Whatever teammate is coming in the future, if it comes, will be no problem," he added.

Alonso also pointed out that he had some say at Ferrari in regards to who his teammate would be although he did clarify that he could not dictate the final call.

"It’s an open chat, we talk, but in the end, it’s their decision," he said adding that he had no problems with having Hamilton as a teammate again.

The two were paired at McLaren in 2007 which fuelled a bitter rivalry by the end of the season, which resulted in Alonso leaving the team at the end of the year.

Hamilton will be out of contract at the end of the season, with McLaren boss Ron Dennis indicating that it was entirely possible for the two to part ways, although the 2008 world champion doesn't see any issues.

"Ron is a very tough negotiator. He was very tough when they negotiated the contract that I have now and I expect him to be the same when we go back in (this time). I don’t see there being many problems, to be honest," Hamilton said.

Vettel meanwhile brushed aside suggestions of an early exit from Red Bull to avoid any distractions from the on-going tight battle for the title this year.

"I'm flattered, obviously. I have always said (Ferrari) is a great team with a great tradition, but I'm happy where I am," the German said. "It is a compliment and I will take it into account, but for now the focus is entirely on this season.

"Generally, there is always something going round in the paddock. Just before Monaco, Mark (Webber) was linked to Ferrari. You (the media) will always find something to talk about."

 

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