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."
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.