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Fernando Alonso cools speculation as attention switches to Massa

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Speculation surrounding Ferrari's 2014 driver line-up continues as Fernando Alonso looked to calm the talk around him at Spa, as attention switched to his team-mate Felipe Massa.

Speaking to reporters at Spa, Alonso played down a spat with President Luca di Montezemolo but was still asked if the Ferrari hierarchy had asked for confirmation of his commitment to the team post 2013.

"I think the president is a very intelligent man who is very well informed about everything," said Alonso.

"In this respect there was no need to ask me this question," he is quoted by Speed Week.

In reality most have seen the comments by Di Montezemolo as a slap on the wrist for comments Alonso had made earlier in the weekend.

Now the attention has moved to who will partner Alonso in 2014, speculation in the Spa paddock has linked four drivers with the seat, Kimi Raikkonen, Jules Bianchi even Jenson Button has been mentioned, but the front runner seems to be Nico Hulkenberg.

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali claims Massa is still top of the list when it comes to preferred team-mates for Alonso, playing down the speculation around possible replacements.

"We have had Hulkenberg, di Resta, and many, many others (linked to Massa's seat)," said Domenicali.

"Without wishing to be repetitive, we are not going to say now that we are deciding who will partner Fernando next year.

"We are calm, as our priorities are elsewhere."

Alonso too has said while he is not afraid of the prospect of Kimi Raikkonen as team-mate, Massa is his preferred choice.

"Felipe was better than him (at Ferrari) in 2008 and 2009," said Alonso.

Despite that Massa's Manager Nicolas Todt is said to be looking at alternatives for the Brazilian.

"It's good to have an idea of what is there for the future," he said. "I'm not ready to stop racing. It's also logical that Ferrari is looking at some options."

And some respected pundits in the paddock also believe it is time for Ferrari to make a change.

"Felipe is a great guy," British commentator Martin Brundle is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport, "but I would be disappointed if Ferrari keep him for another year."

Fellow broadcaster Johnny Herbert agrees: "Felipe is quick, he's just not consistent enough."

Massa responded: "What some others say, I don't care.

"I care what I believe and what people in the team say to me."

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