President says Ferrari drivers secure

Thu, 25 October 2007, 01:30

Luca di Montezemolo has given short shrift to speculation that Ferrari’s driver lineup for 2008 might not be secure.

Newly crowned Kimi Raikkonen and his teammate Felipe Massa are firmly under contract, but it was nevertheless rumoured that Fernando Alonso might switch from McLaren for next season.

Ferrari president Montezemolo gave new impetus to the Alonso rumours this week when he called the Spaniard a “class act”.

But the Italian is now quoted as saying: “With all the respect that I have for the others I wouldn’t swap my drivers for anyone.”

Montezemolo praised Raikkonen as the ideal replacement for Michael Schumacher, and also has fond words for the Finn’s Brazilian teammate.

“(Massa) had more pole positions than anyone else, he is strong and loyal and it’s not insignificant that I personally took the decision to renew his contract up to 2010,” the Italian insisted.

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