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Ferrari look to calm driver speculation

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Ferrari has moved to calm speculation over the future of it's two drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

Alonso has been linked with a sensational move to Red Bull for 2014 while speculation suggests Ferrari are assessing their options as to who could replace the under-performing Massa.

Now further talk has linked Kimi Raikkonen with a move back to the Italian team as talks with Red Bull appear to have broken down.

The possibility of a return gained further momentum after BBC F1 pundit Eddie Jordan, who has gained a reputation for correctly predicting driver moves, said he believed the move would happen.

Reports today (Thursday) suggest Raikkonen himself admitted he will be returning to Ferrari during a recent party in Helsinki.

Talking about the party claim German broadcaster RTL suggests Ferrari have offered Raikkonen an €11m contract plus bonuses and sponsorship of his motocross team.

As ever during the so-called 'silly season' other reports contradict those claims with Raikkonen's manager Steve Robertson saying he is happy to stay with Lotus.

"Kimi likes it at Lotus," said Robertson. "But we are waiting for information on certain issues that are still outstanding.

"About Kimi's future, the ball is in Lotus' court."

Ferrari too are playing down all the speculation.

"We have spelt it out many times before," said Ferrari's team boss Stefano Domenicali.

"The driver topic is definitely not a priority," he insisted.

Finally is has emerged that talks have begun between Ferrari and current Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg as a replacement for Felipe Massa.

"There is much talk outside the company regarding the future, but we must concentrate only on the present, on the fight for the championship," he added.

Domenicali also backed comments made by Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo just after the Hungarian Grand Prix, which were same by many as a rebuke at Alonso just as the rumours of a switch to Red Bull gained steam.

"The words of our president before the summer break must serve as a stimulus, because they were meant as the words of a good family father, who, first and foremost, really roots for our team," he said.

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