Ferrari driver decision imminent

Sunday 8th September 2013

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Ferrari driver decision imminent

Ferrari driver decision imminent

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has revealed that the team will make a decision on next year's line-up in "the next days."

The Italian stable has yet to decide who will partner Fernando Alonso next season. There are several options as Ferrari could retain Felipe Massa, re-sign Kimi Raikkonen or opt for someone new in Nico Hulkenberg or even another driver.

"We will think of this immediately after Monza because we wanted to arrive at this weekend without any strange pressure," di Montezemolo told Reuters.

"We will take any decision in the next days and we haven't taken any kind of a decision yet.

"We haven't signed any contract with anybody, we will talk with Massa and then we have our opinion and then we will decide."

Asked about the possibility of Raikkonen, who won the 2007 World title with Ferrari, making a return, the Italian refused to rule it out but insisted that the Finn was not the only candidate.

"Also we can take somebody else," he said.

"What happened in the past with Kimi? We won a World Championship. First of all, Kimi is a good driver. For us it was a big satisfaction to win with him the first Championship with the new team without Michael (Schumacher), without Ross (Brawn).

"I think there are also the possibilities of some other drivers but there is also the possibility as last year that we decide to continue with Felipe. We haven't taken any kind of decision yet at all.

"In every decision, you have to be very careful because you have plus and minus. Now is time to take a decision. Before it was too early. And we will take it."

Di Montezemolo also spoke of his relationship with Alonso after publicly reprimanded the Championship contender back in July when Alonso told reporters that he wanted "someone else's car" for his birthday.

"The truth is that he was trying to go to Marussia," the Italian joked.

"He is a very important member of the family and I share sometimes his attitude that he would love to have a better car...everything is OK."

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