Ferrari set for Schu-Kimi lineup

Thu, 6 July 2006, 04:08

Ferrari are heading towards a dream driver lineup pairing Michael Schumacher alongside Kimi Raikkonen for 2007.

That’s the opinion of rival team principal Sir Frank Williams, who scoffed at his counterpart’s constant pleas for cost cuts in F1.

”Ferrari have a massive budget and probably a $60m driver bill next year –- that’s the way it looks,” Williams told Speed TV.

Hinting at Schumacher-Raikkonen, despite rumours linking the latter Finn with Renault, he added: ”You know what I’m talking about; the two drivers.”

Williams’ sneer at Ferrari’s finances follows Jean Todt’s caution at Indianapolis in signing off an otherwise unanimous agreement to soften the cost-slashing engine ‘freeze’ rules for 2008.

”They’re saying we must save money, we must save money,” Sir Frank, 64, continued. ”I fell out of my chair when (Todt) said that.”

Ferrari chief Todt admits that Ferrari is holding a full deck of cards in terms of commercial sponsorship for 2007, but commented: ”It doesn’t mean that we have to spend money for the pleasure of spending money.”

Williams also suggested that McLaren’s Vodafone sponsorship, to commence in 2007, tips the scales at $55 million.gmmf1

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