"He knows, he's in the autumn of his career [talking about RAI]. He's particularly strong in the races and can take away points from fernando's opponents."
"Kimi's presence'll be important to help alonso in his fight for places at the very front and for important/crucial points".
Not that it matters much I suppose, but technically the second quote would be more correctly translated as:
" Kimi's presence will be important, so that Alonso isn't left alone (on his own) in his fight for top (podium, high point scoring) places and important/crucial points."
Depending on your inclination on this matter, you can see this from an "Ferrari" (WCC) perspective as well, as in he (RAI) will be there to help collecting points for the WCC, so that ALO wouldn't be left alone, trying to win this one for Ferrari. (the WCC).
People who see this more on an inter driver level, can conclude form the "his fight for" part in the quote, that ALO is perhaps still LdM's "golden boy".
But considering the events in the past, I think this isn't really surprising.
If RAI would win a (another in his case) WDC with Ferrari before ALO wins one, this would mean LdM's decision back in 2008 to jettison RAI for ALO would be seen in a different light.
Some would say, he was wrong to do so, a situation none of these guy's (LdM, CEO's and other public figures in general) would like too much - IMO.
Therefore, if they can avoid the embarrassment they may be tempted to do so.
There is another, economical, dimension (Santander etc.) to be considered in this, his decision back in 2008, and what he says/does now. He need to keep all "the balls in the air" ( stakeholders happy) from a Ferrari/business perspective as well.
I for my part, found it already interesting/telling that he would bring / agree to bring RAI back, despite his decision/call back in 2008, so it seems that he has already swallowed a bit of his "pride", in the quest to move Ferrari/ the business forward - which is not a bad thing, but not everyone would have done this I suppose.
We don't even know, if this decision, to bring RAI back was entirely voluntary on his part.
A similar, allowed slightly more dramatic, situation would be if McLaren would sign Alonso again, at one point in time,