Ferrari extend Felipe Massa’s contract until the 2013 season
Following months of rumors and speculation, Ferrari has finally agreed to extend their contract with Felipe Massa. The Brazilian veteran, who claimed his first podium finish in over two years at the Japanese Grand Prix a couple of weeks ago, will stay with Ferrari until the end of the 2013 season.
There must be some kind of code of respect and loyalty at Ferrari because Felipe Massa is without a Championship title and his performances have been on the edge of average lately. Interestingly, Felipe Massa has been in contact with Ferrari for over a decade.
“I am very happy to have reached this agreement,” Felipe Massa told Ferrari’s official website. “Ferrari is my racing family and throughout my entire time in Formula One, I have always driven cars powered by engines built in Maranello. I can’t see myself driving cars propelled by anything else!
“First and foremost, I want to thank President Montezemolo and (team principal) Stefano Domenicali, who had faith in me and who have always supported me, even at the most difficult moments. The team and also all the fans can rest assured that I will do all in my power to help the Scuderia reach the targets it sets itself each year.”
The former Sauber driver Felipe Massa joined Ferrari in 2006. While Felipe Massa was still at Sauber, he was sent over to their engine suppliers, which were Ferrari.
The 31-year-old Formula One veteran has raced in 116 Grands Prix with Ferrari. From this Felipe Massa has 11 wins, 34 podium finishes, 15 pole position and 14 fastest laps on the record.
Ferrari’s team principal Stefano Domenicali also declared his happiness over extending a year’s contract with Felipe Massa.
“We are pleased to have extended our relationship with Felipe for a further year,” Stefano Domenicali said. “He has been part of our family for over a decade and has shown, especially in this recent part of the season, that he is once again competitive at the highest level, which is what is expected of every driver who gets behind the wheel of a Ferrari.
“We have always supported Felipe, even in the most difficult moments of his career and we are certain of his worth and are sure he will know how to repay the confidence this renewal proves we have in him.”
Felipe Massa’s contract extension means the Brazilian will be partnering up for the fourth years with Fernando Alonso. Fernando Alonso is in battle for the Formula One Championship this season.