The Prancing Horse is gearing up to announce a new contract with 2008 World Championship contender, Felipe Massa.
Massa has been the focus of massive media attention regarding his performances and his worthiness at Ferrari, after not taking a single race win since his horrific crash in 2009. The Brazilian was warned by Ferrari bossed that he had the first half of this season to keep his drive but failed miserably, consistently finishing out of the points in stark comparison to his golden-boy team-mate who has been leading the championship standing’s since the second round of the season. But, at the mid-point of the season at Silverstone, Massa had a great race, finishing 4th and has been keeping great pace since.
Indeed, last weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix, Massa suffered a puncture at the first corner of the race but stormed through the field to finish in a good 9th.
But even after this good performance there had been some doubts as to him definitely having a seat in 2013 with Sauber’s Sergio Perez been linked to his place at the team. Now though, Esteemed journalist Roger Benoit has written in the Swiss paper “Blick” that “It (2013) will be his eighth season in red,”.
And the speculation is increased after Fernando Alonso, Massa’s team-mate for three years, backed him at the weekends Singapore Grand Prix.
“With all the names you hear, if you compare what Felipe has done and what these little names have done. In my opinion we need to have a driver that respects Ferrari, that respects the tradition that here we work for the team, for the red cars” added Alonso.