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2014-06-06 11:36

FERRARI GIVING UP? The Ferrari Formula 1 team - and driver Fernando Alonso - are considering turning their attention to the 2015 season. Image: AP/Claude Paris

MONTREAL, Canada - Ferrari is already turning its attention to the 2015 season, says the team's driver Fernando Alonso.

The Canadian GP, however, is tagged as a crucial race weekend for Ferrari, with changes to the struggling F14-T car so significant that some reports are referring to a 'B' model but with Mercedes so far ahead in the 2014 season, Alonso suggested that Ferrari's mind was now turning considerably to 2015.


Alonso said: "We need to keep fighting for important goals and we have targets to achieve in 2014. However, we must not compromise 2015's project in 2014."

Alonso explained that the 2014 car should still be developed because similar rules in 2015 meant that many of the improvements could "carry over".

He added: "But if there is something fundamental for 2015 we mustn't take any time away from that." Alonso's openness about 2015 indicates he will be staying in red beyond 2014, despite rumblings in the news about a move elsewhere, perhaps to McLaren.

It has been claimed his relationship with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is strained and that he did not support friend Stefano Domenicali's ousting in favour of new team boss Marco Mattiacci.

Alonso told the BBC, however, that he had "zero problems" with Montezemolo. "Everything is moving in the right direction. He has good vision and a very clever approach and we are going to get stronger and stronger."

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