Felipe Massa refused to be drawn on his future after a disappointing result in the latest round of the F1 season in Hungary.
On the weekend where fresh reports linking rival drivers with his Ferrari seat for the 2013 season emerged, Massa had been keen to impress after a solid performance in qualifying, where he came close to beating team-mate Fernando Alonso on the grid for the first time this season.
Things didn't go to plan for the Brazilian when he lost places at the start however and from that point onwards he was on the back foot and could only finish down in ninth place – at least salvaging two points from a race where he had hoped to push towards the podium.
"My race was ruined at the start, when I spun the wheels, possibly because the clutch had overheated: that cost me two places which I then never managed to make up,” he said. “Overtaking is really difficult at this track and, even if at some points in the second stint, I was stronger than Webber and Senna, I never managed to get the slightest chance to pass them. Therefore, this has not been a great race for me, but at least I managed to bring home a couple of points.
“At Silverstone and Hockenheim, our pace was a match for the best, but that was not the case here and this definitely made the whole weekend difficult. This first part of the season has definitely not been very positive for me, although today I certainly feel better than at the start and I'm sure the second half will be better.
“My contract? Until the situation is clear, there's nothing to say! I'm concentrating on doing well in the next races and that is my number one aim."
Technical director Pat Fry said he had expected race day to be difficult, but said it was a shame for Massa that he had been unable to match the potential he had shown over the course of the weekend.
"It was a very difficult weekend, in which we were never able to fight on equal terms with the best,” he said. “In fact, we know we have definitely not been the quickest in the first half of the season and so it was hard to imagine that we could have been here. At the Hungaroring, grid position and the start have a significant effect on the final outcome, because overtaking, despite the recent introduction of DRS, is still rare and difficult.
“Unfortunately, Felipe did not manage to make the most of being on the clean side of the grid and now we have to work out why that happened. Clearly that meant from then on, the Brazilian's race was an uphill struggle, which was a shame as he still showed he had a good pace over a long stint.”