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Alonso, pensive as ever about his team's inability at providing him with a competitive car (©GettyImages)
Alonso, pensive as ever about his team's inability at providing him with a competitive car (©GettyImages).

Ferrari to be forced into changing driver line-up for 2015?

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Ferrari team boss Marco Mattiaci has confirmed the Italian team are to retain Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, but could that be an unachievable aim?

The new team boss - who took over from Stefano Domenicali in April - has claimed to boast 'the two best drivers in Formula 1', but one of them could be eying a move away.

Alonso - whose contract his set to run until 2016 - is believed to be becoming ever more frustrated with the team's inability to provide a race-winning car, with persistent rumours over a move to McLaren.

The Spanish former world drivers' champion has emerged as a target for the Woking-based team, and it is thought that he could be more open to a change of scenery.

And now Ferrari have moved to publicly confirm Alonso's commitment to the team, after he seemingly went back on previous claims he was looking to extend that deal by stating: "I'm not thinking too much now about longer term."

Meanwhile Raikkonen has been disappointing upon his return to Ferrari, the Finn not outperforming Alonso in any of this season's Grand Prix, and sat a lowly 12th in the drivers' championship.

The enigmatic character has a deal which runs until at least the end of 2015, with a further option to extend it until 2016.

But despite the team's vocal claims to the contrary, there is a possibility that Alonso could be in a state of restlessness that would make his position at the team untenable.

If Ron Dennis's McLaren come knocking with a sizable financial offer and promises of superior competitiveness, it could just be enough to lure the Spaniard away for a return to the British team.

Either way, Ferrari will need to do something to persuade their drivers that they have ambitions of mounting a serious title challenge in 2015, whether it's with or without Alonso.

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