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Alonso faces new challenge in Raikkonen - Button

ESPN Staff
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Jenson Button thinks Fernando Alonso will have to adapt to life alongside Kimi Raikkonen © Sutton Images

Jenson Button believes Fernando Alonso will no longer have it all his own way when Kimi Raikkonen joins him at Ferrari next year.

Raikkonen will replace Felipe Massa in 2013, making Ferrari the only team to have two world champions in its driver line-up. Button thinks Alonso will have to adjust to life without a subservient No.2 driver now that Raikkonen has come on board.

"Fernando is probably used to a different style of team-mate over the last few years with Felipe - a guy who's is quick but pretty much has to do what Fernando says when it comes to team orders," Button told Sky Sports News. "Kimi will not be like that. In one way I think he's going to push him hard, but I don't think he will get it all his own way."

From 2010 to 2012 Button raced at McLaren alongside fellow world champion Lewis Hamilton, but said they had made the situation work for the team.

"I was with Lewis when we were both world champions and that created an interesting atmosphere in the team," he said. "I don't think it was a bad thing, I think it was a good thing for both of us. We'll see if it's a good thing for those two."