But team principal Stefano Domenicali attempts to coll speculation by claiming decision has not yet been reached
German extends his championship lead to 53 points over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso after flag-to-flag victory at Monza
As Lewis Hamilton qualified only 12th for today's Italian Grand Prix after admitting that he drove "like an idiot", and the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber crushed their opposition, the pressure on Ferrari ramped up even further as Fernando Alonso angrily declaimed his team after managing only fifth place on the grid for the race he must win if he is to stay in the world championship hunt.
The spectacular tyre failure that robbed Lewis Hamilton of the British Grand Prix victory he was determined to deliver to his legion of fans not only handed the win to his Mercedes’ team-mate Nico Rosberg but proved a prelude to a dramatic and dangerous day which moved Red Bull design guru Adrian Newey to suggest that the sport had had a “narrow escape.”
Nico Rosberg scored his third successive pole position as Mercedes locked out the front row for the second consecutive race.
Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes lock-out front row; Sebastian Vettel completes top three
Lotus driver ahead of Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in second practice
If Jenson Button was remotely peeved that his former team-mate Lewis Hamilton was on the podium again yesterday while he could only manage fifth place in his McLaren, he hid it well. Instead, the Briton was in buoyant mood after another race which suggests that the Woking team are getting on top of their new car.
'Easy' triumph for dark horse but all is not well at McLaren as Button admits new car struggles
Lewis Hamilton edged out in Barcelona
The final pre-season session before the start of the season is taking place
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has dismissed the prospect of the new Formula One season witnessing anything close to last year's return of seven different winners from the first seven races.
McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh and Eric Boullier at Lotus both called into question Ferrari’s tactics
Alonso to start Austin race from seventh on the grid
Red Bull's championship leader Sebastian Vettel will start the U.S. Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday with the German perfectly placed to secure his third Formula One title in succession.
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has already indicated to Felipe Massa that a return on the latest show of support for the Brazilian is expected.