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Podium may seal another year at Ferrari for Massa

The chances of Felipe Massa having his contract at Ferrari extended for another year took a giant leap forward after the Brazilian driver clinched second place at Suzuka.
Felipe Massa was jubilant at finding himself back on the podium after nearly two years' absence, as he claimed second place in the 2012 F1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

"Being back on the podium after almost two years away is just great and I feel really uplifted," he beamed. "They have been two tough years for me and, sometimes, a million things go through your mind, some of them bad, but finally I can be happy!

"This race motivates me even more for the rest of the season," he added. "It's even better getting back on the podium here, at a track I like so much and that I have known since the start of my career."

And that career suddenly looks to be a lot more promising looking ahead to the future as well after this weekend's result, with various sources suggesting that Ferrai had decided in advance that their decision on whether or not to retain Massa for 2013 would be decided on how he fared at Suzuka. If that's the case, then Massa can get his pen ready to apply his signature right now.

"It's an important result psychologically and also in terms of my future, at least I think so!" he agreed. "It's really a relief and I'm sure it will be so important for me, for my brain and for my future as well.

"Sometimes, in the hardest moments the best things come," he added. "The first people I want to thank right now are my family, my wife and my son."

Certainly team principal Stefano Domenicali was delighted by Massa's performance, which was vital to the team's constructor championship hopes after Fernando Alonso's first lap retirement.

"What a splendid race Felipe had, producing a truly impeccable performance. It was nice to see him back on the podium after a long, a too long time!," he said. "This second place is a very important result for him and for the team and it comes at one of the most difficult and delicate moments of the season."

That 'delicacy' was a clear allusion to the contract situation for 2013.

"Decisions regarding his future? One step at a time, as now we are enjoying this lovely podium together," said Domenicali, dodging the question for the time being.




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21.09.2012 - Free Practice 1, Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Team Principal, Scuderia Ferrari
07.10.2012- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
07.10.2012- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
07.10.2012- Race, 2nd position Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
07.10.2012- Race, 2nd position Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
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12.10.2014- Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T, Marco Mattiacci (ITA) Team Principal, Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari F1 team show a panel for Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
12.10.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
12.10.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
12.10.2014- Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T, Marco Mattiacci (ITA) Team Principal, Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari F1 team show a panel for Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
12.10.2014- Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T, Marco Mattiacci (ITA) Team Principal, Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari F1 team show a panel for Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
12.10.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
12.10.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
12.10.2014- Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T ans Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
12.10.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
12.10.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T pit stop
12.10.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
12.10.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T

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blublz

October 07, 2012 3:11 PM

Reminiscent of 2009, when Ferrari's chosen one is out of the way for whatever reason, the guy in the other car does quite well. Well done to Felipe, doing a job that I think very few drivers on the grid fancy.

rob01

October 07, 2012 2:12 PM

This is good for both Ferrari and Massa. They may as well sign him for mulitiple years as Vettel will not be coming to Ferrari. Ferrari is NOT Vettel material. The FIA specifically changed the rules to stop the Bulls and can NOT. Red Bull is by far the best team on the grid.



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