Domenicali denies contact with Rosberg about 2012

By: GMM

The spotlight is growing brighter on Stefano Domenicali and Felipe Massa as Ferrari looks to put a title-winning team together for 2012.

Technical boss Aldo Costa has already paid the price for the 150 Italia car's difficult start to this season, but the Maranello based team this week slammed rumours Flavio Briatore could now be brought in replace boss Domenicali.

Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari General Director
Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari General Director

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Asked if he is worried about his job, Domenicali told the O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper in Montreal: "No. Honestly I have no fear."

But he answered "we'll see" when asked if Ferrari is planning more changes.

Ferrari and also Felipe Massa have had a better weekend with low downforce and soft Pirelli tyres in Canada, with the Brazilian driver in the top three after qualifying.

But Domenicali said Massa's problem is "self confidence".

"This year is crucial to his career," said the Italian amid rumours other drivers are clamouring for the drive in 2012 despite the existence of a contract.

"Felipe wants to do much more than he has been doing, but we are talking a lot and are always together," insisted Domenicali. "What happens is that Felipe is more sensitive with these cars without high grip.

"It's important people understand that there is not pressure on him, but total support. We know he can be faster -- in certain circumstances, faster than Fernando. But it takes confidence.

"Ferrari is always loyal and has patience. Now, Felipe must get back his confidence for his career."

I can guarantee you 100 per cent there has been no contact

Stefano Domenicali

Asked what will happen if Massa does not improve, Domenicali again answered "we'll see", prompting Ferrari spokesman Luca Colajanni to intervene and remind the journalist that Luca di Montezemolo has confirmed the 30-year-old will be driving alongside Fernando Alonso next season.

Authoritative Italian magazine Autosprint, however, has linked Nico Rosberg with Massa's 2012 seat.

"I read it. I can guarantee you 100 per cent there has been no contact," insisted Domenicali.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Luca di Montezemolo , Felipe Massa , Flavio Briatore , Nico Rosberg
Teams Ferrari
Tags briatore, domenicali, ferrari, rosberg