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Ferrari denies Vettel rumours, championship still open says Montezemolo

By Berthold Bouman

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has denied rumours Sebastian Vettel could join the Scuderia from Maranello in 2014, as was claimed in reports published today by BBC Sport. “Today the problem is not with drivers. 2013 is still to come but I don’t want to have two roosters in the same henhouse, rather two drivers who race for Ferrari and not for themselves,” said the Italian.

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo

“I don’t want problems and rivalries, which we didn’t have between Schumacher and Irvine, between Schumacher and Barrichello, between Alonso and Massa or Massa and Schumi or Massa and Raikkonen,” he explained. He also rubbished the rumours Ferrari wants to hire Adrian Newey, “I can say that he is very good at his job but we also managed to win eight constructors’ titles in the last 13 championships without him: I have huge faith in our own engineers.”

Asked about the position of Felipe Massa he said, “I’m happy to see Felipe Massa back at a high level: tomorrow I will meet him at Maranello, we will have a chance to talk about his future and then I will take a decision.”

He was impressed with the Brazilian’s recent form, as thanks to Massa’s 30 points which he earned during the last two races, Ferrari has taken over McLaren’s second place in the Constructor’s Championship, “He has returned to the levels that we used to know well. I expect a lot from him and his capacity to take points from our rivals.”

And Ferrari is certainly not giving up on winning the 2012 Drivers’ Championship, although Fernando Alonso lost the lead and is now in second place, six points behind Vettel. “Ferrari doesn’t give up and we will fight to the end. It’s a very open championship: a few Grands Prix ago it was McLaren who seemed unbeatable, now it’s the turn of the Red Bull while we are still up there in the fight.

“Over so many years at Ferrari I have seen everything: World Championships lost at the last minute like we saw with Fernando in 2010 — or even after the finishing line itself, like with Felipe in 2008. But we have also won when no one would ever have imagined it possible, such as Kimi’s title in 2007.”

And he warned his rivals, “Pay attention as the situation is changing really fast this year!”


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