Ferrari ‘content’ with drivers – president

Fri, 22 June 2007, 07:44

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has joined team boss Jean Todt in denying interest in signing McLaren’s disgruntled Fernando Alonso.

“With all due respect to Alonso, we are content with our own drivers and intend to keep them,” the Italian told the newspaper La Stampa.

Montezemolo insisted that Felipe Massa alongside Kimi Raikkonen is “just as strong” as the McLaren lineup, despite Lewis Hamilton and Alonso’s recent dominance at races.

“Our problem is our speed, not our drivers,” he added.

Montezemolo defended the underperforming Raikkonen amid rumours that Maranello officials are keen to replace him with reigning world champion Alonso, or tempt Michael Schumacher out of retirement.

He said of the Finn: “Kimi is a fast driver. Michael said at the end of his career that the most dangerous opponents were Alonso and Raikkonen.

“Kimi will bring a lot of success for us — at the very beginning, even Schumacher was questioned.”

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