Felipe Massa says he has a good chance of staying with Ferrari for a ninth season.
Massa joined Ferrari at the start of 2006 but his contract expires at the end of 2013.
Former Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen and Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg have been linked to the seat.
“It goes in here and goes out here,” replied Massa, pointing first at one ear and then at the next, when asked whether he listens to such rumours.”
“My situation last year was worse than this year and much more complicated.”
“Whereas this year, the performance was there in almost all races, even if, for various reasons – exploding tyres, spinning in qualifying and starting last – the expected final result didn’t come. Without those incidents and others, the championship situation would be different now.”
“Now I just need to put everything together and be more consistent and not have any of these problems. If I do that, then I think I have a good chance of staying here at Ferrari.” ”
Massa nonetheless admitted that he has to be aware of what is going on.
“You always have to be aware of what is going on and what might happen in the future. I have always said that I would be happy to race for a team that wants me to be part of it and I will always do my best to find a team that wants me. In the end though, it’s always the results that count.”
Regarding this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, Massa says he is confident of achieving a strong result.
“I am confident for this weekend, because for me and I think for many drivers, Spa is a favourite track,” he concluded. “I have had good races here, almost always in fact and so I hope I can have another competitive weekend, with the car working well at this track.”