Massa wary of Ferrari future as candidates line-up for his seat

Future uncertain for Felipe Massa

Future uncertain for Felipe Massa

With reports again circulating that his seat is in danger, Felipe Massa has admitted he could leave Formula 1 altogether if Ferrari does not extend his contract beyond 2013.

The well-connected Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo said that Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta are at the front of the queue if Ferrari were to decide that Massa’s recent struggle for results should end his long tenure.

Both candidates were not denying the speculation in Hungary.

“To tell you the truth,” Force India’s di Resta told F1’s official website, “my management team is looking at what is best for me to move forward.”

And Sauber’s Hulkenberg is quoted by Frankfurter Rundschau: “Ferrari has a tremendous history and is one of the top teams.┬áBut as to my future, that’s still wide open.”

Massa, 32, admitted he needs to put his focus on the road in front of him.

“You can’t drive with extra worry or fear,” he told Brazilian correspondent Livio Oricchio. “I’ve never done that in my life.”

“If I am forced to change, it would have to be somewhere else competitive, otherwise I wouldn’t want to stay in F1,” Massa insisted.

Globo quotes Massa, adding: “I want to stay in F1, but to compete, not to [just] participate.”

“If for some reason I do not have the chance to stay at Ferrari, I will try to go somewhere else.┬áBut if I can only go to small teams, I’m not interested,” he insisted. (GMM)

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  • Szilard

    Please leave. I’m begging you. And while leaving, put in a good word for Kobayashi. Thank you Felipe. You’re a good guy.

  • Spartacus

    It’s up to the other drivers to decide if they’re going to retire from racing or not. If they do decide to give up on WDC hopes then the retirement package from Ferrari is one of the best available. Filipe has been dining out on it for years.

    If Hulkenberg or di Resta stayed in their current teams at least they’d still be racing drivers. At Ferrari they’d just be Alonso’s stooge.

  • mightyK

    He shouldn’t have been on the team this season, let alone next.