No plans to name Ferrari favourite – Todt

Mon, 27 August 2007, 01:19

Ferrari’s Jean Todt has ruled out nominating a number one driver with five races to go in the 2007 title chase.

Some observers on Sunday suggested that, with Kimi Raikkonen going into Sunday’s Turkish grand prix a point ahead of his teammate Felipe Massa, the Finn should have been cleared a path to win the race.

Pole sitter Massa, however, went on to win in Istanbul and become the highest placed Ferrari driver, even though Raikkonen winning would have closed the now 15-point gap to the McLaren drivers by an extra point.

But with the Italian team’s former number one driver Michael Schumacher retired and team orders prohibited, boss Jean Todt said Ferrari will for now maintain a policy of equality.

“It would be something inappropriate for drivers like Felipe and Kimi, doing such a good job, after 12 grands prix with just one point difference,” he told reporters after the race.

“At the moment there is not any plan to make any kind of strategy between one or the other one.”

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