A spokesperson from Ferrari has rejected rumours suggesting that the team has a deal in place to sign former driver Kimi Raikkonen, insisting that great thought has not been given to the Scuderia’s line-up for next season.
The driver market is slowly beginning to take shape for next season, with a great deal of the movement depending on Red Bull’s decision regarding Mark Webber’s replacement. Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen are the prime candidates for the seat, but comments from Fernando Alonso after the Hungarian Grand Prix sparked rumours suggesting that the two-time world champion could pull off a shock move to Red Bull.
As a result, reports in the Finnish media speculated that Raikkonen, who raced for the Italian marque between 2007 and 2009, was being lined up as a replacement for Alonso or the out-of-form Felipe Massa. However, a spokesperson from Ferrari has dismissed such rumours.
“Right now, we’re really not giving any thought to the driver-market situation,” the BBC was informed by Ferrari.
“That is our priority. Drivers are not a problem for us even if we were to change Felipe.”
Massa’s future has become a regular topic of silly season for the past few years, and the Brazilian driver has been told by Luca di Montezemolo that he needs to up his game if he is to remain with Ferrari.
Many drivers have been linked to Massa’s seat should he be dropped come the end of the season, with Nico Hulkenberg’s uncertain future at Sauber causing him to be a consideration. However, Raikkonen could prove to be an alternative option, although the Finn did leave McLaren at the end of the 2006 season ahead of Alonso’s arrival at the team in a deal that would last just one year.
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