F1: Montezemolo plays down Ferrari driver rumors

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has played down suggestions of any driver changes at the Maranello team for 2015.

Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen (R) of Finland and Fernando Alonso of Spain (L) arrive at a promotional event ahead of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 12, 2014.

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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has played down suggestions of any driver changes at the Maranello team for 2015.

Fernando Alonso is rumored to be exploring other options as he searches for a competitive package, while inevitably there are question marks over Kimi Raikkonen after his disappointing season.

“We are lucky to have two great champions, who are working with the whole team to get back to being competitive again,” Montezemolo said on the Ferrari website. “Of course, as is the case every summer, there is unfounded gossip about alleged problems with senseless rumors bandied about, such as the ones relating to Alonso’s contract or those of drivers’ salaries. We know that the summer heat always produces silly stories.

“Our drivers must now relax in order to return in top form. The season is still long and we need Fernando and Kimi to be in great shape. And on the subject of Kimi, I wish him all the best as he is soon to become a dad.”

Meanwhile do Montezemolo insisted that changes instigated by team principal Marco Mattiacci will pay off.

“We are making in-depth changes on both the organizational side, in our approach and culture. We have taken important decisions and have made significant progress, even if, at the moment, the results of all this work are not always visible. The aim is to get back to being as competitive as we were before in the shortest possible time, while at the same time putting everything in place so that we can embark on another winning cycle.

“As for our sport in general, we are pleased to see that all the major players share the views we first put forward regarding the need to revamp Formula One. We have proposals aimed specifically at improving the show, starting with more straightforward regulations, which put the spectators first, especially the younger generation.”