Stefano Domenicali, the team principal of Ferrari has made it clear that the team is in the market only for one driver, who will start the 2013 season as the number 2 driver of the team after Fernando Alonso. After the team didn’t take the option of activating a clause in the contract of Brazilian driver Felipe Massa that would have seen him drive for the team next season as well, the Italian team has been linked with a host of drivers as the search for a new number 2 intensifies.
And the latest driver to be linked with the team is former Drivers’ world champion Kimi Raikkonen, who won the Drivers’ Championship back in 2007 while he was with Ferrari. And speaking about the link with Raikkonen, Domenicali stated that Kimi has been a champion with the team and he is aware of what is in the gossip pages but at the moment, that is all there is to it.
However, the German broadcaster Sky has quoted Domenicali that effectively rules out the team going for a driver who will be equal to Alonso when he stated that it had always been the policy of the team to have a champion driver in the lineup, which is then paired up with a brilliant driver. This paddock policy had been in effect in the team for a long time and has seen Michael Schumacher race alongside Rubens Barrichello in the early 2000s as well as many times after that.
Domenicali, however, doesn’t want the speculation regarding the second driver to affect Ferrari at the moment and added that the team is fully committed to protecting Felipe Massa and will do so till the end of the season, which will be an important step considering the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship picture.