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Ferrari line-up Raikonen

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Ferrari are looking to replace Felipe Massa with Kimi Raikonen in their 2014 line-up, BBC reports.

Felipe Massa has endured an inconsistent season this year, but did manage a fourth placed finish at Monza this weekend. Reports suggest there are three drivers in the running to partner Fernando Alonso next year: Kimi Raikonen, Nico Hulkenberg and Britain's Paul Di Resta. 

Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo told the BBC that a decision on the 2014 line-up would be announced within the next few days.

"Now we will think very, very carefully, because we don't have a gun here [pointing at is head] to decide tomorrow or after tomorrow, but after Monza this will be something I want to decide," he told BBC pundit Eddie Jordan.

Raikonen would be returning to familiar surroundings at Ferrari, having won the Championship for them in 2007. However, the Finnish driver was paid off a year prior to the end of his contract when Alonso joined. 

Ferrari's explanation for ending his contract early was that he wasn't a strong enough character, yet insiders believe he would compliment the strong-minded Alonso extremely well. 

"At some point the decision has to be made and the talk has to stop and we see what happens," Montezemolo added.

Alonso even added his views on who would be taking the Ferrari hot-seat next year. "It is a team decision, all the names for me are the same," he said. "I have a huge respect for Felipe. He is a great professional driver working hard in the simulator and with the team." 

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