Alonso has been openly saying he would not be phased by having a high calibre team mate such as Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel. Transparent comments, considering what happened when the double World Champion moved to McLaren to partner Lewis in 2007. History repeating itself as the deteriorating relationship between the two top drivers at the team mirrored that of Prost and Senna years earlier.
Fernando's influence within the Scuderia is substantial and he has no intention of agreeing to a driver who could challenge him to the first Ferrari championship in six years. The facade is a necessary cloak, hiding the fact that whoever takes the place of Felipe Massa will be there as a number two driver. Who better to fulfil the brief than his good friend Mark Webber?