McLaren driver Kimi Raikkonen says he is not concerned about the prospect of partnering Juan Pablo Montoya in 2005.
Montoya (left) and Raikkonen are expected to be team-mates in 2005
McLaren are yet to confirm that David Coulthard will be dropped after 2004, although it is widely expected.
Raikkonen said: "Whatever happens next season on the track between Montoya and myself it will have nothing to do with what could happen in 2005.
"I see him as just as opponent, like David is. I always try to beat my team-mate whoever he is."
McLaren announced on Monday that Montoya had signed for 2005.
Their decision to confirm the Colombian so early has raised speculation they are trying to force Williams into releasing the South American for 2004.
Williams technical director Patrick Head said in October there were "no circumstances" in which Montoya's contract for next season would "not be fulfilled".
However, there are question marks over whether engine supplier BMW will want Montoya testing parts next year and then moving to McLaren, who are powered by the German car company's arch-rival Mercedes.
Coulthard is understood to have a clause in his contract guaranteeing his £6m salary next year should he be forced to give up his seat for Montoya.
Raikkonen, meanwhile, is recovering after undergoing an operation on his right wrist last month that could prevent him resuming testing until January.
He needed 10 stitches after aggravating a problem he initially sustained in 2001, his first season in F1.
"The wrist is still very sore," said Raikkonen at a charity event in Finland on Tuesday.
"I can't do much - except sign a few autographs."
Raikkonen scored his maiden victory in Malaysia last March.
It was his only win during 2003, but a succession of podium finishes enabled him to take Ferrari rival Michael Schumacher right to the wire before losing out.