Ferrari President Luca di Montezemelo has given a strong hint that Felipe Massa may be in line to have his Ferrari contract extended beyond the end of the season.

The 29-year-old Brazilian is now in his fifth season of racing with the team, having di Montezemelo has offered support to Felipe Massapicked up 11 wins and finished runner-up in the 2008 championship by a single point.

Now recovered from his horrific Hungarian Grand Prix accident last year, Felipe has appeared to struggle with the handling characteristics of the F10, and his security at the team was not helped by effusive praise being heaped on team-mate Fernando Alonso, on top of rumours linking his seat being replaced by Renault’s Robert Kubica or Red Bull’s Mark Webber.

Asked by Gazzetta dello Sport as to what Massa needed to do to maintain his position in the team, di Montezemelo answered: “Continue as before, with the same spirit, thinking of his interests but also those of the team.”

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