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Massa plays down quit talk

Felipe Massa downplays reports that he would quit F1 if he lost his Ferrari drive
Felipe Massa has moved to play down reports that he would look to quit F1 if Ferrari elected not to offer him a new deal at the end of the season.

The Brazilian is under pressure after a difficult season so far, although a sixth place finish last time out in Monaco went some way to showing he is still capable of running towards the front of the field.

With ongoing speculation linking the likes of Mark Webber and Sergio Perez with his seat, some reports had suggested that Massa would walk away from the sport if he lost his Ferrari drive but he insisted that he wasn't thinking of racing anywhere else and was simply focused on the job at hand.

“After August, we start to see [look at] what will happen in the future,” he said. “I didn't say 'if I'm not at Ferrari any more, I will stop.' I didn't say that. I said 'if I need to go to a small team, maybe I will think about doing something else'.

“I'm here, always want to race, to fight for victory and that's what I did for many years, and I'm looking forward to getting back to fighting for victories and the championship. I trust myself. The season didn't start as I expected, but I think things are getting better so it's important to carry on like this and I think if we do, it will be much easier and we will find a good direction for the future, to stay in Ferrari or find a good direction in which to race.”

Massa, who admitted earlier this week that his confidence had been boosted by his solid showing in Monaco last time out, said he was hopeful of another strong weekend in Canada although he insisted it was hard to make predictions given the open nature of the field this season.

“I think it's very difficult to say,” he replied when asked if it was a good circuit for Ferrari. “Here is a track that you have a lot of slow corners, chicanes, hairpins and a very long straight. Looking at what's going on this season, every track is very difficult to say if this is the right track track for us or not. So we need good speed as well.

“It's something we have been working since the beginning of the year to improve, our speed on the straight. Here we know how important that is. So, we wait and see. It's difficult to say before.”


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