Fernando Alonso has stressed that he and new Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa have put the past behind them and will work together to drag a slightly lame Prancing Horse back to the top step of the podium in 2010.

The two drivers had a series of on-track run-ins in 2007 that led to cross words and a feeling of unease amongst observers when they were paired together for the coming season, but Alonso - who also endured a fractious relationship with McLaren and team-mate Lewis Hamilton in 2007 - insists that he and Massa will be focused on a single goal this year.

"Felipe and I both race for Ferrari, and it is important that a red car wins," he maintained, "I've always had strong team-mates and I never had any problems with them. I have a great relation to all of them and it won't be different with Felipe.We'll both give it our all to improve our performance, we'll both give 100 per cent."

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Having already revealed how emotional being unveiled as a Ferrari driver had made him at the launch of the F10, Alonso admitted that he could not wait to settle himself into the cockpit of one of the Scuderia's machines when testing gets underway in Valencia next week.

"All my dreams in my career came true, now including the one to become a Ferrari driver," he confirmed, "Ten years ago, I met Ferrari managers but, back then, it was about racing for a client team, like Prost.

"Now the feeling is different, I can almost feel the car in Valencia, and it's very exciting. I hope to stay here for many years because, if you don't win the championship one year, you don't have to consider to change the team."

The Spaniard's first impressions of the new F10 were also positive, even though he admits that it will be hard to gauge its competitiveness until all of its rivals are on track at the same time.

"Regarding its comfort, it seems to be more or less on the same level as last year's car," he conceded, "There's always something to improve in the cockpit - seat, elbows, pedals, which have a different inclination compared to the standard set up - while we've been working on the steering wheel mainly in November and December to simplify things a little compared to the past.

"The simulator serves more and more every year, because the rules allow us less and less tests on the track. But reality is always different. However, I'm very calm regarding the work done by all the technicians at Ferrari. We have the best technicians in the world. The work we're doing in February, with Felipe's and my suggestions on the car, makes me really confident as far as the first race is concerned.

"We have a team that is able to set up the best possible car for you in a very short time. What raises our confidence are the technicians, the data from the wind tunnel, the suspension, the mechanics and the engine. It might even happen that the data on the track will be even more encouraging.

"Every season is exciting and interesting at the start - even last year I was very confident. It's the same this year, although there are the expectations regarding [Michael] Schumacher's comeback, which is very good for F1, and which might be well received by TV viewers.

"In the end, I think that there will be two teams fighting for the drivers' title and two for the constructors' title. Let's hope we'll be there, winning the title. I'm not making a bet here, though, as right now everything is too open."

The return of testing, with four sessions planned before the opening round in Bahrain in March, should give Alonso and Ferrari a better idea about the potential of the F10

"We'll have a more precise idea after the first test, although, with the petrol load we can put into the tank, we'll all have a different load on board," he reasoned, "We'll concentrate on our work during the tests, without considering the lap times, and we'll see if we'll be satisfied with the car or not."