Felipe Massa insists that he has got used to hearing rumours of his replacement at Ferrari, but maintains that, as in recent years, he expects to be at Maranello for another season.
Speaking to the BBC
, the Brazilian played down suggestions that his time at the Scuderia was running out, despite speculation that the likes of Mark Webber and Robert Kubica were being lined up to replace him as team-mate to Fernando Alonso in 2011.
"Every year it's the same," he insisted, "Every year, people were coming in my place. At the beginning of the 2006 season, I remember [Moto GP champion] Valentino Rossi was already signed for 2007. Alonso has raced for three years already in my seat, Sebastian Vettel came for my position and Rossi again. It's no problem. Every year is the same and I'm still here. It doesn't change anything, [and] it's never a problem for me. I'm still here and preparing everything for next year."
Unable to match Alonso's frontrunning form, Massa has now been called upon to perform a supporting role to the Spaniard, with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo insisting that he needed to raise his game to help keep his team-mate in the hunt with Red Bull and McLaren. It is a situation not unfamiliar to Massa, and one he has admitted that he is prepared to fulfil over the final three races of 2010, despite suggestions that the relationship with Ferrari had broken down after he was asked to move over for Alonso in the German Grand Prix.
"The year was not very fantastic in terms of results and little issues that I had, [and] I'm not happy because I could not achieve what I want or what I can achieve," he conceded, "Now my interest is the best for the team, [which] is still fighting for the championship with Alonso. We still have three races left and I hope I can get a great result and be down in the front while preparing everything for next year as well."