A small note, but an important one on the status of the two Ferrari drivers going into next season.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has made the point today that the two drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will start next season with equal status, after the team backed Alonso from July onwards last season.
And it seems that Massa backed up his team mate in exchange for an agreement that they would hit the reset button at the start of 2011. So it will be up to Massa to beat Alonso or face a similar situation in the second half of next season.
New rules were voted in by the FIA World Council last week which lifted the ban on team orders, but reminded the competitors not to bring the sport into disrepute.
“For sure in the second half of the season we have to be prepared in a very open way, but in the first part of the season it is in the interest of the team to put both drivers in the best situation, ” said Montezemolo.
And as to the suggestion in the Italian media that Massa could be replaced by Robert Kubica if he repeats the form of last season, the president said,
“If I think one of my drivers is not in the condition to win the championship, I will change them. I want two drivers in a condition to win.
“I don’t want to have a person that is frustrated from the first race because he knows he has less power. Also, the races are too unpredictable.
“What is important is to have a clear understanding between the two drivers in case and when it might be a necessity.”