RENAULT'S FERNANDO ALONSO has dismissed rumours he is poised to replace former World Champion Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari for the 2010 Formula One season.
With Raikkonen believed to be considering a career in rally beyond this season, the Italian media is abuzz with talk that the Scuderia has moved to sign Alonso for next year, as the team looks to rebuild after its disastrous current campaign.
When asked whether he had signed a contract or spoken to Ferrari, Alonso said: ?No and No. They are only rumours. They have been happening in the last four or five years.?
The two-time World Champion did reveal however the importance of securing a competitive drive to his future aspirations after struggling with Renault since returning to the French outfit from McLaren last year.
"It is important, but it is not the end of the world. I am missing winning, there are no doubts. I want to win and to have a performing car as soon as possible, but I also understand that this is sport and it happens everywhere ? not only in motor racing,? he said.
"It happens in tennis, it happens in NBA, in football. Sometimes you go up and down in your career. In motorsport, it is even more important to have the car and the package.
"We saw with Michael (Schumacher), maybe the greatest driver ever, two world championships in Benetton and then five years in Ferrari waiting because this is not only the human part, it is also the team and the package. So, I put myself in that part of my career, in stand by, and I am preparing myself very strong physically and mentally."
Meanwhile, 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve has revealed he is keen to secure a drive with new outfit USF1 for next season.
Speaking to Italian magazine AutoSprint, Villeneuve said he is attracted by the current incarnation of Formula One and its reliance on driver skill in the absence of electronic systems.
?The human aspect is counting again, as it did in the past. The work is more like the way I remember it, the atmosphere, now like then, looks boring viewed from the outside,? he said.
? No-one speaks out; in my opinion that's also what loses fans. People want to see gladiators, instead they all sound like they love each other. In reality everyone wants to beat everyone else.
?I'm a racing driver and I always will be; that's why I'm looking about myself for F1. Driving is the only thing that interests me, and all the mess that's happened (over the breakaway series) helps me. With the test ban, we experienced drivers are handy. I can't say what will happen, but I'm giving it a go.?