Formula 1 - Ferrari ponder difficult driver decision

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says his team faces a difficult choice in deciding who will drive for it next year.

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Although there has been increasing speculation that Ferrari will replace Felipe Massa with Kimi Raikkonen, Domenicali insists that no decision has been taken yet.

However, ahead of talks at Maranello to sort out his team's plans, he admits that making a call on the driver situation is a tough one.

"This is something we want to take at the appropriate time, to make sure that we take the best decision for our team," Domenicali said. "I think the fact that we have not decided yet means we have to put all the elements on the table.

"We want to put all the considerations there before taking the right decision.

"We will announce and say something on that as soon as we have finalised it. It is not an easy decision for us."

A potential return of Raikkonen to Ferrari has even prompted talk that Fernando Alonso's future at the team is not guaranteed.

There has been tension between Alonso and Ferrari in recent weeks, but Domenicali is convinced that the Spaniard remains the right man for Maranello.

"There is no doubt that Fernando is a leader, and Fernando with a Ferrari is moving the mountains," he said.

"Fernando knows that very, very well. We stay focused on the objective that we have, which is basically to win together."

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