Ferrari: Not giving any thought to driver line-up

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A spokesperson from Ferrari has released a statement rejecting all rumors of an impending announcement from the Italian team regarding its driver line-up for next season.

The annual event of Felipe Massa’s seat coming under scrutiny has once again begun, but talk of a change at Ferrari has intensified following Fernando Alonso’s comments after the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Spanish driver criticized the design team of the F138, stating that for his birthday he would like “a faster car.” Following a sharp rebuke from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, reports in the Finnish media suggested that Kimi Raikkonen could make a shock return to Maranello next season in Alonso’s place, but a spokesperson from the team made clear that this was not the case.

“Right now, we’re really not giving any thought to the driver-market situation,” the spokesperson told the BBC.

“That is our priority. Drivers are not a problem for us even if we were to change Felipe.”

Once again, it appears that replacing Felipe Massa is the more serious consideration for the team. Although Alonso has made his distaste clear, any talk of a move to Red Bull could purely be to give Ferrari extra incentive to improve the current car.

Since joining the team in 2010, Alonso has failed to win a third world champioship having claimed back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006 with Renault.