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Ferrari rules out Monza announcement

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Ferrari has ruled out making an announcement about its 2014 driver line-up at the Italian Grand Prix.

With Ferrari's home race heightening the scrutiny on the team, Ferrari has taken to its official website in the guise of the Horse Whisperer to dismiss speculation on Twitter from Italian journalists that Kimi Raikkonen had signed a deal for 2014 and that he would be announced at Monza. Ferrari dismissed any notion that it was customary for it to announce its driver line-up at the Italian Grand Prix before insisting no decision had yet been made on its 2014 drivers.

"I'm sorry to disappoint all those with feverish imaginations, who are awaiting Monza in trepidation, but this particular presumed custom is a non-starter," the Horse Whisperer wrote. "In fact, and as is normal practice in the law, all one needs to do is look at the facts: from 1991, when the Maranello press office first began to put its official pronouncements down on paper, until now, only twice, in 2006 and 2008, has the team's home grand prix provided the backdrop to an announcement regarding the drivers."

"And when it comes to those bird fanciers and their obsession with tweeting, they can calm themselves, because there are no announcements on the horizon. Why? Because no decisions have yet been taken. Furthermore, as happens in the best families, important decisions are taken together at the right moment and not because a certain date on the calendar has been reached."

Team principal Stefano Domenicali said at Spa that he would like to retain Felipe Massa but that his results must improve. Massa's one-year contract extension last season was announced ahead of the Indian Grand Prix.