Ferrari denies reports that Massa is set to be fired

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari. Formula One World Championship, Australian Grand Prix, Rd1, Practice Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday 16 March 2012.
Felipe Massa

Mar.22 (GMM) Ferrari has swiftly denied reports that their driver Felipe Massa could be dumped even before his 2012 Formula 1 contract runs out.

Among the hypothetical candidates, as propozed by the ever watchful Italian sports media, for the struggling Brazilian’s seat are Sergio Perez, Adrian Sutil and even the out-of-work Italian Jarno Trulli.

But according to O Estado de S.Paulo correspondent Livio Oricchio, Ferrari spokesman Luca Colajanni dismissed the reports as being “without foundation”.

Colajanni added that Ferrari is fully supportive of Massa’s situation, and has built up a new F2012 chassis for him to race this weekend after underperforming in Australia.

Oricchio quoted Massa as having said after Melbourne that he believed there was a problem with his original chassis.

“My setup was not very different from Alonso’s,” said the 30-year-old, “but my tyres were gone after five laps.”

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