Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says his ‘favourite’ choice for 2014 would be to retain Felipe Massa.
Massa has raced for Ferrari since the start of 2006 but the Brazilian’s contract expires at the end of the season.
The Brazilian is currently in seventh place in the championship, having taken 67 points and finished on the podium in Spain.
“We have no rush in taking a decision. There are plenty of opportunities,” Domenicali told The Official F1 website about their 2014 line-up.
“We have to wait and see. My favourite choice would be, of course, to keep Felipe because Felipe is a very good guy – very dedicated to the team – and when you look around there are not so many drivers out there that you swap and they immediately deliver.”
“But, of course, we need good results from Felipe, so that’s why we will not rush as we have to make the right decision for the team. As soon as we have made up our minds we will announce it officially to silence the rumours once and for all. When we are ready…”
Domenicali adds that it will not be long before Ferrari fully switches its attention to 2014 and also anticipates some ‘huge surprise’.
“September is the month where we will basically start to shift, as the 2014 project is very complex. At the end of September we will then basically switch everyone, depending, of course, on how the situation is with the championship.”
“All the top teams realize that if they want to be a force in 2014, then they have to start very quickly to switch resources, as it is a very complex matter – especially for the big teams.”
“My guess is that we might see huge surprises next season in terms of the pecking order. In my view – and as far as I remember – the changes that we are facing are the biggest changes we have ever had in Formula One. It is really important to get it right, otherwise you’re lost.”