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Ferrari tight-lippped over Felipe Massa future

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Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali claims the team "know Felipe Massa's potential" as a decision over the 2014 driver line-up appears not to be forthcoming.

As speculation appears to have calmed around the team's number one driver Fernando Alonso, attention has switched to who will partner him at Maranello in 2014.

Usually Ferrari target the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to announce their driver line up for the following year however with uncertainty surrounding Massa's future and talks with Nico Hulkenberg apparently underway, that target looks set to be missed.

"I know it's hard for people to believe," Domenicali told Brazil's O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper, "but we haven't really stopped yet to think about it.

"Do you know why?" he asked correspondent Livio Oricchio rhetorically. "Because we have no hurry."

Indeed while it is well known Alonso is the clear number one at the team, the history and pride that comes with driving for Ferrari still makes it an aim for all drivers.

Even for the man who won the 2009 championship with Ferrari? "The driver issue is not yet on the agenda," Domenicali insisted to Oricchio.

"Kimi (Raikkonen) is a great person, but his is one more name among many."

Through it all Domenicali also insists it is not ruling out keeping Massa for another year.

"Absolutely. I like him a lot, and we already know what he can give to us.

"Okay, he is not always giving us what we want, but we know what his potential is." he said.

For now Ferrari are continuing to focus on improving it's largely disappointing F138 insisting any decision over future development will be assessed after next month's Singapore Grand Prix.

"We have updates coming out of the tunnel for Monza and for Singapore," chassis boss Pat Fry is quoted by Spain's El Confidencial.

"We will continue pushing and see after that where we are."

At the same time Fry revealed he is starting to share the work load with Ferrari's latest technical acquisition James Allison.

"It's good for me," insisted Fry, "because I'll have more time to concentrate on what really makes the car faster.

"The two of us will share work between us."

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