Ferrari defends decision to retain Massa
19 October 2012 – Felipe Massa's recent contract renewal has been defended by Ferrari, with the Italian marque adamant that the 2008 title runner-up was the best option available. Despite a number of drivers being linked to his seat early in the season, the Brazilian improved his performances enough to convince his bosses of another year onboard.
"The decision to extend the agreement with Felipe Massa for another season was carefully weighed up and not just the obvious one," said a statement on Ferrari's official website. "Nor was it inevitable because of the lack of alternatives, nor was it in anyway guided by the wishes of his current team-mate, because Ferrari alone chooses its drivers.
"Many knocked on the doors of Maranello, some were considered, but in the end, a logical conclusion prevailed: there is no one better than Felipe to deliver hic et nunc the speed, talent and capacity to work for the good of the team.
"The Brazilian’s career displays these qualities as does the fact that harmony reigns within the team, which is united and shows solidarity even in the most difficult moments. Fans of the Reds know the score: some decisions are made solely and exclusively for the good of Ferrari. The rest is all idle chatter."
Massa's recent upturn in form, including a podium finish in Japan, has promoted him to ninth in the championship standings ahead of next weekend's Indian Grand Prix.