Fernando Alonso has said he doesn't think Kimi Raikkonen is any quicker than Felipe Massa and he doesn't believe the Finn's arrival at the Scuderia next season will herald any big change.

Alonso's position as Ferraris outright number one will be threatened in 2014 and it seems the Spaniard is already starting to try and assert his position as team leader.

"For next year, with Kimi I think we can do a very good championship for Ferrari, trying to again score as many points as possible," Alonso told reporters ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, the 15th round in the championship. "But I think in terms of the speed I think Felipe is not any slower.

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"When they were racing together [at Ferrari during 2007 to 2009] Felipe was as quick as Kimi anyway, so if we have a competitive car we will enjoy the season and we will do very good things. If we don't have a competitive car it will be very similar to this season."

Meanwhile, Alonso conceded that it is now 'nearly impossible' for him to stop Sebastian Vettel from winning this year's drivers' title, given the German has a 77-point lead.

"For the remaining races we will try to do our best and try to score as many points as possible understanding that the drivers' championship is nearly impossible. So we will try to enjoy the races but attack all the time and fight for the constructors' championship," he added.

"There are very few points between us and Mercedes so we need to keep pushing on that and try to get second.

"Also Lotus recovered some points in Korea so we need to score - Felipe and me - as many points as possible in the remaining races."

As for why Vettel is so far ahead, Alonso said the answer was obvious: "They [Red Bull] have worked better than the others. We were competitive in the first part of the season, winning two Grands Prix out of five. Then we took a step backwards around Silverstone, from which we recovered, but by then, the others had made more progress than us."