Felipe Massa says he is fully focused on securing the best results possible for the remainder of the F1 season as he seeks to secure his future with Ferrari.
The Brazilian is out of contract at the end of the year with the rumour mill having suggested a number of drivers were being lined up to replace him for 2013, with a series of disappointing results having made it appear likely that the multiple race winner would be left without a drive.
However, recent races have seen Massa produce more encouraging performances on track, with fifth in Belgium being followed by fourth at Monza last time out – where he also secured his best qualifying result of the season and lined up ahead of team-mate Fernando Alonso on the grid for the first time in 2012.
The Brazilian now heads to Singapore hoping for more strong results in order to help cement his future with the team and he said he hoped to hear good news soon.
“There is no news on my future at the moment, but there's no doubt that good results will help,” he said. “I just need to keep pushing hard and getting good results, in the hope of hearing some good news soon. It's always better to know what the situation is, as of course I want to know what I'm doing next year. But I can tell you that it's never happened that I'm in the car in the middle of the race and I start thinking about what I'll do next year! However, I know that results are what matter, so if the situation arises where you have to take a risk in the race, then you have to think carefully about it, as you know your priority is to finish the race.
“I like the Singapore track and I feel the circuit suits me, even if I've never had much luck there, so I'm definitely looking for another good result and I hope I can do even better than in the last two races. Touch wood we can continue the same way, after what were definitely good races in Spa and Monza. I picked up a good number of points, which was especially important if you look at the state of play in the championship right now and then compare it to how things were at the beginning of the year.”
Massa added that racing under lights this weekend would provide a unique challenge with tyre wear expected to play an impact on the race.
“As a street circuit, Singapore has some similarities with Monaco in terms of the settings and also with Hungary, because there the circuit also calls for a lot of downforce,” he said. “If we look back, we seemed to go better in Monaco than in Hungary, so let's hope this track has more in common with the one in Monte Carlo! Last year, the race was very tough from a tyre point of view and even though our car is quite different this year, I still expect a difficult race this weekend in terms of the tyres, when we will have the same compounds as last year, namely the Soft and Supersoft. Because this track is hard on tyres, I expect we will see more pits stops than in the past couple of races.”