Possibly good news for Felipe Massa, with rumours seeming to indicate that Ferrari will look to extend its contract with the Brazilian driver.
Massa’s team-mate Fernando Alonso is locked into a long-term deal with the Scuderia, but Massa’s current contract runs out at the end of this season.
After several seasons spent testing with Ferrari and driving for Sauber, Felipe finally got his racing break with the Scuderia in 2006 as team-mate to Michael Schumacher. He finished runner-up in the 2008 championship to Lewis Hamilton by a single point, and missed the latter half of the following season with an horrific accident in Hungary.
In spite of not having won a race this season, Felipe leads the Drivers’ Championship standings with 39 points.
Recent speculation had linked Robert Kubica’s single-year deal with Renault as a sign that the Pole was planning to jump ship to Ferrari and replace Massa alongside his good friend, Fernando.
However, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has told Germany’s Sport Bild that the team would like to retain its current driving line-up.
"We want to build with Felipe into the future," Domenicali said. "We have the feeling that he has developed in recent years into a driver as good as any other in the field."
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