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2013-09-06 11:19

POSSIBLE TEAM MATES? With the Red Bull seat taken, the silly season is still rife at the Ferrari camp. Will Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen join Fernando Alonso as team mate in 2014? Image: AFP

The Red Bull seat is no longer vacant but the 'silly season' is still firing at Monza.

MONZA, Italy - With news of Daniel Ricciardo taking the second seat at Red Bull for 2014, Fernando Alonso tried to calm the flames on Thursday, denying he ever considered leaving Ferrari.


Alonso said: "It was only rumours, a lot of rumours."

One rumour was that he was going to take the 2014 season off altogether, in order to focus on his newly-acquired professional cycling team.

The Spaniard, who insisted he is not only committed to the rest of his Ferrari contract but perhaps even beyond that told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport: "There were so many rumours. I'm at the top of my career, so for the next four to five years, I want to give 100%. 

"Then I'll look to see at what shape I'm still in."


Now, then, the real focus of the 'silly season' is on Kimi Raikkonen's next move.

The Finn looked stern on Thursday (Sept 5) when he revealed his talks with Lotus are still stalled on the grid.

Raikkonen, undoubtedly referring to his team's lack in payments, said: "We will not talk about 2014 as long as certain things are not covered. They know and they accept that."

One potential alternative for Raikkonen is no longer an option, after World champions Red Bull signed Daniel Ricciardo.

"Go and ask them, I don't know," said the 2007 World champion when asked why the young Australian got the seat and not him. "Sometimes you speak with people and it doesn't work out. There can be ten reasons, but I have no idea," added Raikkonen.


With Lotus stalled and Red Bull closed, the 33-year-old's most realistic destination might be Ferrari.

But at the end of 2009, when Luca di Montezemolo ended Raikkonen's deal with a year still to run, the parties hardly parted on good terms.

Raikkonen said at Monza: "I have nothing against them. Some things in the past could have been different, but for me the past is in the past."

Asked however if his relationship with president Montezemolo is a stumbling block, he answered: "I have no problem with anyone. If I see him, I'll say hello."

There is a Brazilian driver, however, who is hoping that greeting doesn't take place. Felipe Massa thinks Ferrari should stick with what it knows as F1 moves into a radical new era in 2014.

Massa said: "Everything starts from zero in 2014 - different car, different rules - so experience from the driver will be important."

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