Jean Todt has confirmed reports that a conditional policy of driver equality will be in force when Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa pull up on the grid for the start of the 2007 season in March.
Although the retired Michael Schumacher enjoyed undisputed ‘number one’ treatment by the Italian team for a decade, the Ferrari CEO and team principal said “healthy competition” between the new race lineup could produce “great results”.
But Todt cautioned to the newspaper Corriere della Sera: “We will be very careful to make sure that this internal rivalry does not become counterproductive. The interests of Ferrari are what is most important, and Raikkonen and Massa know this law very well.”
Ferrari’s 2007 car will be launched at the weekend. At the Fiorano circuit on Monday, Massa will be the first behind the wheel before Finn Raikkonen makes his track debut at Mugello later this month.