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Alonso hoping to emulate Schumacher

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Fernando Alonso is aiming to emulate Michael Schumacher by winning his first title with Ferrari in his fifth year at the team.

Schumacher won five titles in total with Ferrari between 2000 and 2004, but went four years between 1996 and 1999 without winning the championship. Alonso, now in his fifth year at the team, is hoping the new F14 T will offer him the chance to win the title this year.

"Schumacher won in his fifth year with Ferrari, I am in my fifth year now so hopefully I can repeat some of the success he had," he said. "Obviously in the last four years we had some opportunities - in 2010 and 2012 we were very close to winning the championship - so this year we will try again and hopefully it will be a good one."

Alonso could face his stiffest competition from within his own team as he goes up against Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari. He is confident both have the ability to deliver if Ferrari can provide the car.

"Kimi and me as a team should be quite strong on paper because we had success in the past in Formula One," he said. "But you need to discover every year and we start from zero. If we do well we will have a very strong team and we can deliver some good results for Ferrari and if we don't do well as a team some other teams will have a best pair of drivers. It's up to us to deliver and do a good job."

Raikkonen said only time will tell if his partnership with Alonso comes out on top.

"Will we be the strongest team? I hope that we are going to be obviously," Raikkonen said. "I think we will both try very hard and we both want to win. Time will tell what will happen and if we can bring the championship back to Ferrari, but I would say there is a lot of other things, especially with the new rules. We are more than capable, both of us, to be up there and fighting for championships."

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