Massa tries to ignore reports that he is set to lose Ferrari drive

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari. Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Preparations, Sepang, Malaysia, Thursday 22 March 2012.

Felipe Massa arrives at Sepang

Mar.22 (GMM) Felipe Massa’s Ferrari seat – and how long he can hold on to it – is a big talking point in the Sepang paddock on Thursday as the F1 circus rolls into town.

Following a dire performance in Australia for the Brazilian, the Italian press has named Sergio Perez, Adrian Sutil and even Jarno Trulli as possible candidates to immediately oust Massa.

Mexican Perez, the cream of Ferrari’s development programme and already at Ferrari-powered Sauber, said in Malaysia: “It’s very early to say that or speculate.”

Very keen for a chance like this, however, is Force India refugee Sutil, who has been left without a job in the wake of his unfortunate criminal conviction.

“I am very motivated and I’m training hard to stay fit,” the German was quoted on Thursday by Auto Bild Motorsport.

All eyes will be on Massa this weekend, as Ferrari has agreed to build him a new F2012 chassis in the wake of his lacklustre performance in Melbourne.

“I really don’t care,” he said in reaction to the rumours, “I have a job.”

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