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Montezemolo: 'We will see' on Massa

Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo insists that the Scuderia 'will see' about Felipe Massa's future, but not just yet.
Felipe Massa remains a Ferrari driver for the time being after Scuderia chairman Luca di Montezemolo admitted that no decision had been taken on the Brazilian's future.

Massa is out of contract at the end of the season and, after only finishing on the podium three times since returning from his horrific qualifying accident at the Hungaroring in 2009 - and not since Korea in 2010 - has been the subject of repeated rumours that he will be replaced. While numerous drivers have been touted as Fernando Alonso's next team-mate - from Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button down to DTM racer Edoardo Mortara - none has been confirmed as moving to Maranello for 2013, and di Montezemolo was giving nothing away as he answered questions on the eve of the Italian Grand Prix, traditionally a time for Ferrari driver announcements.

"Not yet - we will see, but not yet," di Montezemolo told CNN International's The Circuit, "For sure, he has to give us good results, [but] Felipe has been, and still is, an important driver for Ferrari.

"We are not here with a gun to our head to decide. We will see. I think I have to look to the future, and we need two very competitive drivers. We will see..."

Massa's results have traditionally taken an upswing in the second half of the season, with twelve consecutive points finishes to close the 2011 season, and five in the last seven races, since Monaco, this year. The Brazilian, who achieved his best finish of the current campaign with fourth place at Silverstone but currently has just 35 points compared to Alonso's 164, has made it clear that he will not join a lesser team to continue his F1 career, and could be lost to the top flight should Ferrari not decide to re-sign him for 2013.



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rob01

September 07, 2012 12:41 PM

Ferrari should wait until the season is over to announce his replacement. It would only be fair to someone who has bent completely over for the team. He is no longer fast enough to be the second Ferrari driver but he does deserve the opportunity to clean out his locker before another driver is picked.



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