Although it did appear as if Kimi Raikkonen backed off from Felipe Massa in Turkey on Sunday, Jean Todt insists his drivers are free to race each other.
The two Scuderia drivers were tail-to-nose in the laps prior to their second pit stops, which saw Raikkonen blink first and pit. Massa came in a lap later and emerged in front of his team-mate on the track. The Finn therefore backed off and Massa went on to claim his second successive Turkish GP victory.
The win meant the Brazilian moved ahead of Raikkonen in the Drivers' standings, although just one point separates the two Ferrari men. And because no driver has a clear advantage over the other, Todt insists that Massa and Raikkonen are free to race one another. "No. It will be something that will be inappropriate for drivers like Felipe and Kimi, doing such a good job, after 12 grands prix with just one point difference. Most of them have had problems because of some mistakes that we did," Todt told Autosport.
"They made some mistakes, but that is normal. We are human beings, and at the moment there is not any plan to make any kind of strategy between one or the other one."