The highly credible BBC F1 Chief writer, Andrew Benson claims his sources close to Ferrari confirm that senior figures are interested in replacing Massa with Raikkonen.
BBC responds to Ilta-Sanomat’s report on the Raikkonen-Ferrari story.
“Sources close to Ferrari say senior figures at the team believe Raikkonen would be the ideal replacement for Massa”, Andrew Benson mentioned. “However, a decision to re-employ him would effectively be an admission that they made a mistake by paying off the Finn at the end of 2009, ending his contract a year early, when they signed Alonso”, he added.
Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo’s preference is said to be to keep Massa if the 32-year-old can prove he can deliver consistent results – as he did in the second half of last season after a similar warning from the top.
Other candidates for the drive are Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg and Force India’s Paul Di Resta.
BBC is the most reliable when it comes to Formula 1 news, so if they claim that Ferrari are interested in hiring Raikkonen, there is certainly a foundation behind all the speculation and rumors in recent days.