Ferrari has taken a leaf out of Formula One rival McLaren's book by confirming that it will continue to allow team-mates Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa to battle each other for the world title.

The Scuderia has earned a reputation for 'favouritism' following its unstinting support of Michael Schumacher during their seven years together, but insists that there are no plans to make either Raikkonen or Massa play 'second fiddle', despite the title fight with McLaren rivals Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso getting closer. Just 16 points separate leader Hamilton and fourth-placed Raikkonen with five rounds to run.

"At the moment, there is no plan to make any kind of strategy between one or the other driver," Todt explained, "It would be something that would be inappropriate. Our drivers are doing such a good job, after twelve grands prix, with just one point difference.

"Both are doing a very good job. There is a very good harmony in the team - they both want to win and there is definitely the same chance. Like Kimi, Felipe is superb.

"Most of the problems they [have] had were because of some mistakes that we did. They made some mistakes, but that is normal. We are all human. We feel the championship is still open. It will be tough, but it is always tough. And, as I always said, we will try the best until the end - I believe we still can carry this on."

Ferrari celebrated its second one-two of the season in Turkey on Sunday, with Massa repeating his 2006 win by beating 2005 Istanbul winner Raikkonen, with Alonso third after Hamilton suffered tyre problems.

"It was very pleasing and very rewarding," Todt commented "We knew we had a competitive car, and we knew Ferrari would be quicker in the race than during qualifying, as it has been since the beginning of the season. It is probably our weakest point.

"We chose to go with the softer tyres, which maybe were not as competitive during the race, but still they probably helped for the start. Felipe did a great start, Kimi as well. We were first and second. We had to push for most of the race but the race went perfectly well. Very often, when you are first and second, it happens, and this was the case."

 

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