By Pablo Elizalde
Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher has welcomed Ferrari's decision to hire Fernando Alonso from the 2010 season.
The Spanish driver will replace Kimi Raikkonen from next season after signing a three-year deal with an option for two more.
Alonso admitted he is hoping he can emulate Schumacher at the Italian squad, the German having won five consecutive titles.
Schumacher, who now works as an advisor for the team, said he was involved in the decision from the beginning and was delighted with Alonso's move.
"Fernando with Ferrari, that's something I like a lot," Schumacher said on his website. "I was involved from the very beginning in this decision, and I always liked the idea.
"I am sure Fernando will feel well with us, and I can only say: Welcome, Fernando!"