Button and Raikkonen in the loop for Ferrari in 2013

2011 Monaco Grand Prix - Sunday Monte Carlo, Monaco 29th May 2011 Fernando Alonso, Ferrari 150° Italia and Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-26 Mercedes. World Copyright:Steven Tee/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _A8C9451Jul.29 (GMM) As ever during Formula One’s annual stop in Budapest, the Hungaroring paddock has not disappointed when it comes to ‘silly season’ rumours and this weekend cream of the crop is that Ferrari, who let a 2013 option on Felipe Massa’s current deal expire recently, has approached McLaren‘s Jenson Button.

Livio Oricchio, the Brazilian correspondent for O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper, might have heard the same rumblings, but revealed that he had “arrived in Budapest thinking the chances of a renewal for Massa were good”.

“Today they [Massa's chances] are smaller,” Oricchio admitted, revealing that he had talked in the paddock with “many people” close to Ferrari.

Autosprint said Button did not even deny the Ferrari rumour, although he did say the Italian team “know about my contractual situation”.

32-year-old Button is firmly under contract to McLaren for 2013. But Autosprint quoted Button as adding in Hungary: “Never say never”.

Another fascinating rumour in Hungary is that Kimi Raikkonen is regarded by Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali as a viable alternative to Massa.

The Finnish broadcaster MTV3 quoted Domenicali as saying on Saturday that Ferrari’s 2007 world champion, and the team’s current number one Fernando Alonso, share “a lot of similarities”.

“He never complained to the outside,” said Domenicali, referring to Raikkonen, who left Ferrari at the end of 2009 and went rallying.

“He could have easily said that this is not the kind of car [in 2009] that I need to achieve my goals, but he remained calm and supported the team.

“I think it was important,” he added. “He was always trying to push the team and maximise everything.”

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  • dr beat

    very interesting news….. but is going true? i dont think so

  • Pete Braun

    Massa really hasn’t been the same driver he was before that crash at Hungary in 2009. And ever since he was ordered to forfeit the race lead to Alonso at Hockenheim in 2010, any momentum he could’ve built from that was just sapped away from him. Face it, it doesn’t matter who Alonso has for a teammate because as soon as his preferred #1 status is threatened, he starts to whine. We could be in for a repeat of the Alonso-Hamilton intra-team rivalry at McLaren if this happens with Button or Raikkonen.

  • ronnie de leon

    kimi back at Ferrari.. that would be great!!

  • Psych4191

    A Kimi + Alonso Ferrari would be as close to Prost/Senna as today’s generation could get. That combo is scary good

  • Jody Renza

    Yes anything is possible in F1..I think Button will have a better chance that Raikkonen to land that 2nd seat…but then so does Sutil, di Resta, Kovalainen, Alguesuari and maybe even Barrichello for one year?
    If Ferrari does sign Button or Raikkonen then Pérez will not drive for them as was predicted….but then that’s also possible!

  • kaka007

    ferrari= kimi+alonso is a killer combo, but not going to happen

  • Arka Raj

    Fernando+Kimi in a quick car , killer combo .. nothing can b better , will b best team line up i guess after Senna n Prost , i just hope it does happen

  • McLaren Fan

    I do not think it will be a go for either as Button has a long term contract with McLaren and feels at home with the team.
    Luca di Montezemolo is quoted saying he doesn’t understand Kimi Raikkonen after he was there last time.