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Massa tipped to stay

Niki Lauda tips Felipe Massa to stay with Ferrari for another season in 2013
Felipe Massa has been tipped to stay with Ferrari on the back of his recent upturn in fortunes on track by former racer Niki Lauda.

The Brazilian looked almost certain to lose his drive after a disappointing start to the season but has produced some more encouraging results in recent races.

In Spa, Massa came through from 14th on the grid to take fifth and then went one better at Monza where he out-qualified team-mate Fernando Alonso for the first time this season before finishing fourth.

Although he only finished eighth in Singapore, that came after an impressive charge through from the back of the field after a pit-stop on the opening lap to replace a punctured tyre.

While Ferrari is seemingly in no rush to confirm its line-up for 2013, a report in the German publication Blick has suggested that it is only a matter of time before Massa is named as Alonso's team-mate for another season.

With Alonso having backed the Brazilian during the Singapore weekend, former racer Lauda has also tipped Massa to remain and said he didn't think Sergio Perez would be given a chance to replace him at Maranello, as had been mentioned in some quarters.

“I don't see it,” he told the official F1 website. “Perez would be a risk. Massa is predictable and Alonso likes him, so I say that such a switch is not going to happen.

“I don't see any mouth-watering switches being made.”




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Taipan

September 25, 2012 9:15 PM

Massa was told by Ferrari to improve and since Silverstone he has put in some strong results, since then he has out-scored some of the people linked with his seat, Perez, Grosjean, Rosberg etc, in fact Webber has only scored 1 point more than him since then. For those whining about Alonso not wanting a strong team mate, Ferrari don't employ two number one drivers and look how successful the have been with that policy, it works. How much have McLaren won in the last 2 decades with their "equal" driver policy?



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