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Ferrari face D-day on deciding who to partner with Kimi Raikkonen

Sources in Italy say it is D-day for the Ferrari to decide who will partner Kimi Raikkonen at Monza a week on Sunday.


Hours after his victory in Spa Giancarlo Fisichella was firm favourite and widely expected to step into Felipe Massa’s shoes and make history in the Italian Grand Prix.


But on Monday it emerged Robert Kubica has entered the frame and his manager had sought to be released from his contract with BMW, who are pulling out of the sport at the end of the year.


The Pole’s insistence the five-race deal includes a full seat at the red racers at some time in the future is proving unacceptable to team boss Luca di Montezemolo.


The case for Spa’s pole qualifier, Fisichella, has been complicated because billionaire Force India owner Dr V.J Mallya is refusing to release his lead driver when there is every chance of the team repeating its spectacular form in Italy.


Unless he relents the popular little Italian will miss out on a dream finale to his career.

If that's the case it is looking increasingly likely that Luca Badoer will get a third race at the wheel of a Ferrari, despite two less than impressive performances.


Within the team apologists argue the task of stepping into Michael Schumacher’s shoes in Valencia and Spa with so little warning and no track time was too much to ask after a decade away from racing, especially since it was in a car he had little knowledge of.


And Monza would therefore be the real test because it is a circuit he has tested on and knows intimately.

via http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/motorsport/2009/09/03/ferrari-face-d-day-on-deciding-who-to-partner-with-kimi-raikkonen-115875-21644997/

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