Nov.23 (GMM/ Luca di Montezemolo insists Ferrari can live without F1’s new back to back world champion.

Asked about the young German – who has dominated the 2011 season – during the La Politica nel Pallone radio programme, president Montezemolo insisted Fernando Alonso is better than the Red Bull driver.

“We have Fernando with a long and stable contract as we did with Michael Schumacher and, with all due respect to all the other drivers, Alonso is the best in the world,” he said.

Notwithstanding his affection for the Spaniard, Montezemolo acknowledged that Felipe Massa’s contract runs out at the end of next season.

“We expect a big season from him next year and then we will evaluate what to do. Let’s say he is playing for reappointment,” said the Italian, amid rumours Ferrari has eyes for the recovering Pole Robert Kubica.