Massa handed Ferrari deal
October 16, 2012 15:52:30 UK
Felipe Massa has signed a new one-year contract to remain with Ferrari in 2013.
Ferrari have confirmed that driver Felipe Massa has signed a new contract to keep him with the Formula One team for the 2013 season.
The Brazilian looked set to be on his way out at the end of the campaign following a disappointing start. But an upturn in performances, including a first podium finish in over two years when he took second place at the Japanese Grand Prix on 7th October before finishing fourth in Korea on Sunday, appears to have saved his place.
Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its contract with the driver Felipe Massa to the end of the 2013 race season.Ferrari Statement
Massa met with Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo after the weekend's race and has now put pen-to-paper on the one-year extension.
A short statement on the Ferrari website read: "Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its contract with the driver Felipe Massa to the end of the 2013 race season."
It means Massa, who is 151.00 to win the Indian Grand Prix on 28th October, will again be paired with Fernando Alonso, who can be backed at 11.00 to win in New Delhi, for next year.
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Meanwhile, reports suggesting that Massa has only been handed a one-year contract because reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel will move to Ferrari from Red Bull in 2014 have also been played down by Di Montezemolo on Tuesday.
He said: "Today the problem is not with drivers, 2014 is still to come but I don't want to have two roosters in the same henhouse, rather two drivers who race for Ferrari and not for themselves.
"I don't want problems and rivalries, which we didn't have between (Michael) Schumacher and (Eddie) Irvine, between Schumacher and (Rubens) Barrichello, between Alonso and Massa or Massa and Schumi or Massa and (Kimi) Raikkonen."
Red Bull also hit out to rebuff the recent reports surrounding Vettel, as team boss Christian Horner told BBC Sport: "Sebastian Vettel, without a shadow of doubt, will be part of the Red Bull Racing team in 2014."
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