Ferrari denies Whitmarsh's Alonso claim

A spokesman for Ferrari on Friday denied claims Fernando Alonso's rumoured move to the Italian team for 2010 is now a dead-certainty. McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh caused a stir at the Valencia circuit when he said Alonso's "move to Ferrari will...

A spokesman for Ferrari on Friday denied claims Fernando Alonso's rumoured move to the Italian team for 2010 is now a dead-certainty.

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh caused a stir at the Valencia circuit when he said Alonso's "move to Ferrari will have a ripple effect on other teams" in terms of their driver choices.

Maranello based Ferrari however have consistently claimed that both Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen are under firm contract for 2010, even though the latter Finn is rumoured to be eyeing either a move to rallying or another team.

It is rumoured the 29-year-old would be paid off in full by Ferrari in order to make room for Alonso.

But in reaction to Whitmarsh's comments, the Ferrari spokesman told the BBC: "He can say what he wants, there is no Fernando/Ferrari move.

"Things can happen and not happen. But you cannot talk about any Fernando/Ferrari move. We have two drivers with a contract until the end of 2010. We are not under pressure to change anything," he added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Fernando Alonso , Martin Whitmarsh
Teams Ferrari , McLaren