Ferrari chiefs say Massa staying in 2012

By on Monday, November 7, 2011

Felipe Massa. Photo credit: Ferrari S.p.A.

Ferrari bosses have dismissed reports Felipe Massa could lose his Ferrari seat after the forthcoming season finale at Interlagos.

At the weekend, Nico Rosberg said suggestions he could switch from Mercedes to be Fernando Alonso's 2012 teammate, and that he recently visited Maranello, were "nonsense".

Indeed, Brazilian Massa has a binding contract for next season.

But British commentator David Coulthard insisted that "in formula one, anything's possible. I've learned that in my 17 years (in the sport)."

At Ferrari's end-of-season event at Mugello at the weekend, however, Ferrari chiefs Stefano Domenicali and president Luca di Montezemolo re-confirmed Massa and Alonso for 2012.

Team boss Domenicali said it will be an important season for Massa.

"I am counting heavily on Felipe's will to fight back as he knows next year will be a key one in which, and I'm convinced of it, he will be able to show his true worth," he said.

Montezemolo smiled: "I feel for you (reporters), but next year there will be no change to our drivers (lineup)."

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