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Massa negotiating with Toyota?

Further to the rumours that Ferrari could be courting Fernando Alonso for their 2008 driver line-up, Felipe Massa is reportedly in talks with Toyota about a possible switch next season.

The latest development in a story that has gathered pace since the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, the Daily Mail is reporting that plans are in place for Massa to be manoeuvred out of the Scuderia in favour of double World Champion Alonso.

Much of this rumour stems from speculation that Jean Todt could be ousted in a management shuffle at Ferrari, putting his son Nicolas, Massa's manager, in a precarious position within the team.

As such, Massa is said to have opened negotiations with Toyota in readiness for being dropped, Toyota are argubly the only other available team on the grid with the capacity to provide the funds required to secure the five-time race winner.

Should this occur, it could provide a crucial opening for Alonso to defect to Ferrari as his position in McLaren becomes increasingly isolated in light of his involvement in the spying scandal, one that that has cost the team $100 million and all of their constructor points.

Although it is thought Ferrari will have to pay a substantial sum to buy Alonso out of his fixed contract, the fact that the Spaniard and team principal Ron Dennis are no longer on speaking terms could massage his exit from the team before it expires

Massa negotiating with Toyota? - Yahoo! Eurosport UK

Personally I will loose a lot of respect I have for Ferrari F1 if they bring the jackass onboard........
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Alonso looking to Ferrari? - 23rd September 10:54am GMT

Fernando Alonso may jump ship next season to join the British team's fiercest rivals, Ferrari.

Alonso, a virtual outcast at McLaren after his evidence underpinned Ferrari's successful case against the British team in the Spygate scandal, is devoted to spending the last three races of the season trying to prevent Hamilton from creating Formula One history by climaxing his rookie season with the world championship.

Yet the Spaniard, who trails Hamilton by two points as the action moves to Japan next weekend, is also engaged in devising an exit strategy from McLaren.

And suddenly, an unexpected opportunity could be about to arise at Ferrari after Felipe Massa opened preliminary negotiations with Toyota last weekend.

Massa is acutely aware that if Jean Todt, as expected, loses an impending internal power struggle within Ferrari, he will be instantly vulnerable as he is managed by the Frenchman's son, Nicholas.

One stumbling block exists, however. Would Ferrari be willing to buy out the remainder of Alonso's contract with McLaren, believed to be worth at least £10 million?

Dennis is guaranteed to play hard-ball with the Italian team, whose pursuit of McLaren through motor-racing's court run by the FIA, the sport's governing body, led 10 days ago to a £50m fine and the loss of the team's points in the constructors' championship. - News - Alonso looking to Ferrari?
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