Ferrari won't rush second driver call

Ferrari won't rush second driver call

Formula 1

Ferrari won't rush second driver call


Ferrari will not hurry a decision on who lines up alongside Fernando Alonso for the 2014 Formula 1 season, president Luca di Montezemolo insists.

While Alonso came within four points of securing last year’s world championship, and is in contention once again this season, teammate Felipe Massa’s form has fluctuated wildly.

The Brazilian, whose contracts runs to the end of 2013, has fallen 66 points behind Alonso after struggling in recent grands prix. His last top-five finish came in May at Barcelona, when he scored only his third rostrum in the past three years.

While Massa’s recent downturn is a cause for concern for Ferrari, di Montezemolo who has long been a staunch supporter of Massa insists the Scuderia will not act rashly.

Ferrari only confirmed Massa for this year in October 2012, insisting his form would prove that keeping him onboard was the correct decision.

“The future? We will talk about that further down the line as there’s no hurry,” di Montezemolo said. “I hope he will soon secure the results that will show his talent to the full, such as the great starts he pulled off at the last two grands prix.”

Di Montezemolo also reiterated team principal Stefano Domenicali’s unequivocal support for Massa, adding: “Felipe is fully aware he can count on our total confidence in him.”