Despite Felipe Massa having to retire from the Italian Grand Prix and dropping vital ground in the championship race, Ferrari insists that its two drivers will continue to run on equal terms - for the time being at least.

Determined to maintain its fresh approach following the end of the 'Schumacher era', the Scuderia has ruled out favouring Kimi Raikkonen over the Brazilian, even though Massa has dropped five points behind his team-mate and 23 points off championship leader Lewis Hamilton. Perhaps with one eye on possible sanctions being applied to rivals McLaren in this week's World Motor Sport Council appeal hearing into the 'spygate' affair - which could leave Raikkonen and Massa as the only contenders for the title - team boss Jean Todt has said that there are no plans to support one driver more than the other.

"At the moment, they will race," he said after the Italian Grand Prix, in which Raikkonen trailed both McLarens home in third.

Todt also admitted that Massa's rear suspension breakage had baffled the team, as it had not had a similar occurrence before.

"We are going to investigate," he revealed, "We found where the problem was, but we now have to disassemble the part and understand exactly what the problem was. It's the first time we've faced this kind of problem apparently."

 

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