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Team-mates, rivals… enemies? Why Vettel and Alonso could be a disaster for Ferrari

The Rundown

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Future team-mates? Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso

Ferrari are set to create an extraordinary F1 super-team in 2014 when Sebastian Vettel joins the Scuderia.

The German - who is on course for his third consecutive world drivers' championship title - will reportedly join the Italian team after next season, according to a report by the BBC.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has denied that any such agreement has been made, but the last time the Beeb's F1 reporters went out on a limb to report a major move it was Lewis Hamilton joining McLaren. All the teams denied it at the time, but the report was proven to be completely accurate, suggesting that the Corporation's moles are very well informed.

If the move goes ahead it will leave Ferrari with one of the strongest driver line-ups in the history of the sport.

Yet already wise heads are wondering if that might be such a good idea. After all, the Scuderia's greatest period of dominance - the Michael Schumacher era - came at a time when the outfit had an undisputed number one who was given the full focus of the team's resources in developing and improving the succession of championship-winning cars.

On top of that, such supposed dream-team pairings have a habit of going sour, both in Formula One and elsewhere. We take a look at the top high-flying team-mates who just couldn't get along - and see whether it helped or hindered their careers.

F1: Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna

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Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna

The Frenchman and the Brazilian are both icons of Formula One, and rightly - but both became fiercely and increasingly jealous of each other during their time as team-mates at McLaren in 1988 and 1989. Senna took the title from Prost in bitter circumstance in the first of those two years despite the Frenchman outscoring him, since only the best 11 results counted towards the title that season. A year later it was even worse: Prost turned in on Senna in the late stages of the final race of the season in Japan, apparently putting both men out of the race and thereby clinching the title. Yet Senna managed to restart his car as marshals pushed him out of the way, rejoining the race and winning to clinch the title - only for race stewards to disqualify him for having missed out a chicane. Prost left the team at the end of the year, though their rivalry was not over: 12 months later Senna intentionally drove into Prost at the final race to guarantee himself the title.

F1: Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell

Reigning world champion Piquet expected the red carpet to be rolled out for him when he joined Williams, but instead found himself being given equal billing with Mansell. The infuriated Brazilian publicly described Mansell as "an uneducated blockhead", and the blockhead retaliated by refusing to budge an inch for his team-mate even though it ultimately meant both drivers losing out on the title as Alain Prost came through on the rails.

F1: Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso

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Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso

The relationship between Hamilton and Alonso when they were team-mates at McLaren in 2007 deteriorated almost from the off as rookie Hamilton refused to kow-tow to the double world champion. The two even blocked each other from setting qualifying laps in Hungary that year, and a furious Alonso engineered a swift exit from the team, claiming that the English outfit had favoured the English driver.

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Athletics: Steve Ovett and Seb Coe

Two of Britain's greatest ever track athletes happened to come through at the same time, and in the same events as each other - and both hated it. Both were massively popular, though with very different audiences: plain-speaking rough diamond Ovett, running his heart out with guts and determination, and oily-slick Tory MP wannabe Coe, gliding along as smoothly as a swan with a turbocharger. They beat each other to gold in each other's favourite events at the 1980 Olympics, with Ovett winning Coe's favoured 800m and Coe pinching Ovett's speciality 1,500m. Still, while each took a medal from the other, at least they pushed each other on to greater heights: in a 10-day period in 1981 they also traded the world record for the mile between them three times.

Golf: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

2004 US Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton could not understand how his country had failed to win the Ryder Cup two years previously considering that they could count on the world's undisputed best two players, Woods and Mickelson. The players had always had a stormy relationship, with Mickelson having criticised Woods for using outmoded equipment in 2003, and Woods having hit back by alluding to a magazine article that had named Mickelson as one of the top 10 most hated athletes in America. Somehow, Sutton decided that his team's best chances lay with pairing the duo up. The result was acrimony in the dressing room, and two defeats in two matches as the US posted the worst ever opening day score at a Ryder Cup on home soil, falling 6.5-1.5 behind. The duo were hastily split up on day two, but the damage had been done and the US ended up on the wrong side of a record defeat.

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Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan

The build-up to the women's figure skating event at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994 was simply astonishing after the US Olympic Committee failed to get Tonya Harding removed from the team. Earlier in the year, Harding's fierce rival Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by a man hired by Harding's ex-husband and her bodyguard. The attack, made with a police baton, was supposed to break Kerrigan's leg. Sufficient damage was done to Kerrigan to keep her out of the US National Championships, which Harding then won to clinch her spot at the Olympics.

However, Kerrigan's leg was not broken and she recovered sufficiently to compete in Norway too. Harding, now a hate figure around the world, could only finish eighth at the Olympics while Kerrigan won a courageous silver. To this day, Harding insists she was disgusted by the attack on Kerrigan and knew nothing about it, but she received three years probation, 500 hours of community service, and a $160,000 fine after pleading guilty to "conspiring to hinder prosecution of the attackers"; while the US Figure Skating Association eventually found sufficient evidence to ban her for life, concluding that Harding showed "a clear disregard for fairness, good sportsmanship and ethical behaviour".

Dishonourable mentions:

Cycling: Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador riding together at the Astana team. "Even if he is a great champion, I have never had admiration for him and I never will," Contador once said of Armstrong. Sadly, neither has yet commented on the others' run-ins with doping enforcement.

Athletics: Dwain Chambers and Darren Campbell running together in the European Championships 4x100m. Campbell refused to join in a lap of honour or even shake Chambers's hand following the race over the latter's ban for doping - a sanction which cost Campbell a relay medal from the 2002 championships.

Football: Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole shared an intense hatred despite being team-mates both for England and for Manchester United's treble-winning side of 1999.

Football: Lazio's title-winning team of 1974. The team won Serie A despite being reportedly being riven with such huge internal enmity that the club were forced to provide two separate changing rooms for the rival factions.

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