Ferrari promise equal status
Ferrari have vowed to give both their drivers equal status this season, despite Kimi Raikkonen being the reigning Formula One World Champion.
Raikkonen clinched the title last season while his team-mate Felipe Massa could only manage fourth place.
But despite the Finn clearly having the edge over Massa last year - especially during the latter part of the season - Ferrari have insisted that both drivers will start the year on an equal footing.
"We have our drivers who start on an equal basis," team boss Stefano Domenicali said during Ferrari's annual winter event at Madonna Di Campiglio.
"They are going to play it out with their own chances of victory, and there are no changes from this point of view. They are both on an equal basis."
Domenicali, who has replaced Jean Todt at the helm of Ferrari's F1 team, added his belief that Ferrari's driver policy speaks for itself, given the number of Drivers' Championships the Scuderia have won in recent years.
"One of the fundamental factors for the success of the last few years, not only of last year, has been having been able to manage our drivers," he said.
"It is clear that in the spirit of the driver, each one wants to be the strongest and it is correct to be so, but this must be implemented within the team spirit and from this point of view, I have to say that Felipe last year did an extraordinary job.
"It wasn't easy for a driver, in general, to make himself available to the needs of the team to be able to win a Championship.
"So I think that one of the strengths of Ferrari has been the fact that we've always well defined the rules with the drivers and there's been a great professionalism on the part of all the drivers who respect the needs of their team-mate but also the need for coming first and it's correct for them to have this desire."