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F1: Ferrari chief dispels talk of Alonso exit

McLaren have been courting Spanish driver

24 December, 16:40
F1: Ferrari chief dispels talk of Alonso exit (ANSA) - Rome, December 24 - Ferrari President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo on Tuesday dismissed reports that Fernando Alonso could leave the Italian team before his contract expires in 2016.

There has been friction between Ferrari and the Spanish driver, whom Montezemolo chastised in July for complaining about not having a competitive car, and Alonso's former team McLaren have been trying to lure him back to them. Alonso's status as Ferrari's number one driver is also under threat after the team brought back 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen for next season.

"All this speculation about Alonso's future is good for the press and sometimes good for the public," Montezemolo said of the 32-year-old, who won the 2005 and 2006 world titles with Renault.

"I am very satisfied with Fernando. He has a contract with us until the end of 2016.

"My only concern is to give him a better car. I have lots of problems, but our number one driver is not a problem. We have two years to talk (about contracts)".

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