Ferrari on Massa: Wait and see...
15 October 2012 – Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali has asked fans to ‘wait and see’ with regards to the imminent future of Felipe Massa. In Korea on Sunday, the Brazilian kept up his good run of form by finishing fourth behind team-mate Fernando Alonso.
Asked during the race not to put pressure on his title-contending team-mate, Massa’s fourth place came just a week after finishing second in Japan. He is now expected to be confirmed as a 2013 Ferrari race driver in due course.
“After Suzuka, this was another fantastic race for me,” Massa said. “I managed to run at a great pace from start to finish. I expected that to a certain extent because on Friday I’d seen that, over a long run, the car behaved very well. It’s true that you can never be certain about how things will go in the race, but everything went smoothly. I always managed to get a hundred percent out of the car and I am very pleased about that.
“The whole team is doing its utmost to help Fernando and I am there for him, just as the team is and as it has been for me when I found myself in the same situation. Now I feel stronger and when you enjoy what you are doing, it’s the best.”
When asked whether he will now re-sign Massa for next year, Team Principal Domenicali was pleased but is yet to confirm anything.
“Felipe followed up his great race at Suzuka with another one here, on the attack right from the opening lap and then again at other key moments, like when he overtook Hamilton,” Domenicali began, with rumours that a new deal would be signed between Japan and Korea having already failed to come to fruition.
“His future? As my friend Laura Pausini (Italian pop singer) would say, ‘Wait and see...’”
Massa became a Ferrari race driver at the start of 2006, racing alongside Michael Schumacher, and a campaign in 2013 would be his eighth with the team.