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The key players (L-R): Felipe Massa, Mark Webber, Robert Kubica, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen.
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Felipe Massa has moved quickly to silence growing doubts about his future with Ferrari beyond 2010, with rumours aplenty linking Robert Kubica as the Brazilian’s replacement at Maranello for 2011 onwards.

The 2008 Drivers’ Championship runner-up has, of late, struggled to match the pace of his Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso, whom he has only out-qualified once so far this season.

But with Formula 1 being such a fickle business and it takes just one poor race for the rumour mill to turn into overdrive!

"For sure I am happy to stay (at Ferrari) if they want me, I trust Ferrari and in the end I have no interest in what people are saying.

"What I care about is working hard and fixing things as quickly as possible," reports in the Italian media are quoting him as saying. "In this world you hear so many things every week and every month.”

Corriere dello Sport is now suggesting that Massa might head to Red Bull next year, to replace the possibly retiring Barcelona winner Mark Webber.

The Massa-to-RBR theory follows Lewis Hamilton’s suggestion in March that Webber could quite the sport at the end of the year.

Other rumours linked 2007 World Champion – and now World Rally Championship driver – Kimi Raikkonen to the Red Bull seat in 2011, but latest sources seem to indicate that the Finn remains quite happy in rallying.

Webber has once again played down the Hamilton comments to Sydney’s Sun Herald newspaper.

"They came about from when we were on a plane together back from the Japanese grand prix last year," he told the paper.

"We were talking about getting the timing right in terms of retirement, in sport in general. When I do call it a day – and I really don’t think that it will be at the end of this year – I want to do so on a good note.

"But I’m driving well enough and I believe I can still bring a lot to the plate in the next year or so – meaning next year," Webber reiterated. "I’ve got a few years in me yet."

And on the basis of your form at the Spanish Grand Prix, we would be inclined to agree, Mark!

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.