Ferrari confident Massa will 'repay trust'
16 October 2012 – Felipe Massa has sent out heartfelt thanks to Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo and Formula 1 Team Principal Stefano Domenicali for retaining their faith in him through a difficult period. Having registered several strong results of late, the Brazilian has been retained for 2013.
“I am delighted with this agreement,” Massa comments. “Ferrari is my sports family and since I’ve been in Formula 1 the engine behind me has been from Maranello. Firstly, I want to thank President Montezemolo and Stefano Domenicali, who have always maintained their confidence in me, even in the difficult times.
"Both the team and the fans can rest assured that I will do all in my power to help Ferrari achieve the goals that arise every year.”
Domenicali is now expectant of continuous good form.
“We are pleased to have extended our relationship with Felipe for another year,” the Team Principal says of the driver who is yet to claim a race win since the end of 2008. “He’s been part of our family for over a decade and he has shown, especially in the latter part of this season, that he can still be competitive at the highest levels - as we expect from any driver behind the wheel of a Ferrari.
“We have always supported Felipe, even in the most difficult moments of his career. We are confident that he will repay the trust which has been renewed.”
From 16 race starts so far this season, Massa has retired only once and finished on the podium in Japan. Points finishes have been collected on ten occasions.