Grapevine: Ferrari Deny Raikkonen Report

Ferrari have denied a German press report they had signed Kimi Raikkonen from McLaren from 2007

Grapevine: Ferrari Deny Raikkonen Report

Citing a "completely secure source" Germany's Bild newspaper said on Thursday that the Finn, who won last weekend's Turkish Grand Prix, had signed an advance contract with Ferrari.

"We already have two drivers under contract for the 2006 season and it is too soon to start talking about the 2007 season," said Ferrari spokesman Luca Colajanni. "We have not made any commitments with anybody for 2007."

World Champion Michael Schumacher will be joined by Brazilian Felipe Massa next season after Rubens Barrichello departs to BAR. Ferrari have suffered a disappointing season in 2005.

Bild said first talks about a possible move for Raikkonen to Ferrari took place last year. Parties began discussing an advance contract in February and March, and agreed it in May, it said.

The paper added such a move would open the way for Schumacher to move to Mercedes-McLaren when his contract with Ferrari expires in 2006.

Raikkonen's commanding win from pole position at the new Istanbul track last Sunday was his fifth success of the season and second in a row.

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