Jean Todt has dismissed rumours that his Ferrari team may write off the rest of 2007 in order to regroup and return to the front of the field next season, after being left behind by McLaren in recent races.

Avoiding the weekend's reports of possible sabotage in the camp, Todt focused on recent results, and the suggestion that Kimi Raikkonen's future at Maranello may be short-lived. Speaking at a 60th anniversary event, the Frenchman insisted that there was no reason for the team to give up - either on its current campaign or its driver line-up.

Raikkonen and Ferrari appeared unbeatable at the opening round of the year in Melbourne, a position echoed by Felipe Massa in his two wins, but the Scuderia has faded in recent races, being comfortably beaten by McLaren in Monaco, Canada and the USA. Todt, however, insisted that the team would keep on fighting.

"If you're competitive, I don't think you sacrifice for next year - it's not a sabbatical year," he told Reuters, aware that Ferrari is still the second best team in the field, "I'm a bit confused when I hear people speak about a problem. One team is ahead of us, and their package has been better than ours."

Asked to comment on rumours that Raikkonen may not be retained at the end of the season, Todt added by saying that there was no plan to play with the line-up.

"They are the drivers for the present and the future of Ferrari," he said of the Massa/Raikkonen combination, "It's up to us to give them a good car."

 

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