MONZA, September 8th, 2013 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Shortly before the Italian Grand Prix Ferrari quashed rumours that they would be announcing next year’s driver line up at their home grand prix. Following qualifying at Monza, Chairman Luca di Montezemolo announced that the decision would be made in the next few days.
“We will take a decision in the next (few) days, and we haven't taken any kind of a decision yet,” di Montezemolo said.
“'We haven't signed any contract with anybody. We will talk with Massa and then we have our opinion and then we will decide.”
‘Silly season’ is truly underway with much speculation that Kimi Raikkonen may replace Felipe Massa next year and find himself returning to the team where he won the 2007 world championship.
The Finn laughed off the rumours in an interview on the official Formula One website saying that people had also been sure he would be going to Red Bull to replace Mark Webber next year.
“Ha, some days ago the same people were one hundred percent sure that I’d signed for Red Bull! So much for that,” Raikkonen said.
When asked whether the Lotus driver was an option for the team, di Montezemolo said that the team had other options besides Raikkonen, including retaining Massa who has been racing with the team for seven and a half years.
“There are also the possibilities of some other drivers, there is also the possibility as last year we decide to continue with Felipe,” di Montezemolo explained.
Ferrari will start their home grand prix near the front with Massa in fourth and Alonso fifth and are aiming to get ahead of Vettel and pick up plenty of points.
During qualifying Alonso appeared to call his team ‘idiots’ in Italian over the team radio, something he later downplayed saying he’d actually used the word ‘genius’ which sounds similar in Italian and that a later message where he praised the team for their efforts had not been broadcast.
“The radio messages have been misunderstood, as is often the case when you don’t experience something first hand: the word ‘genius’ refers to the fact that we could have got out before Rosberg had gone by on his quick lap, but this should not raise any doubts about the impeccable job from the whole team.” Alonso said.