Although the announcement caused surprise in several quarters, Felipe Massa admits that he is happy to have had his immediate Formula One future sorted out.

The Brazilian inked a contract extension with Ferrari that takes him through to the end of 2010, effectively ending speculation that he would be the one to make way for Fernando Alonso should the Scuderia target the two-time world champion.

"I think it's good for stability," Massa told a press conference at Interlagos on Thursday, "I've been with Ferrari for two years and I was already stable because my contract was actually already until the end of next year. But we've extended that, so I think it shows the work we've been doing together with the team."

Massa has been with Ferrari since 2001, although he did not join its race team until the start of last season, replacing fellow countryman Rubens Barrichello alongside Michael Schumacher.

"I think [it shows] the confidence the team has in me as well," he continued, "I'm very pleased about that and I think it's very nice to carry on doing the job with the team, especially as it's a team that has trusted me since the beginning of my career. It's very nice to carry on with Ferrari."

The Brazilian has enjoyed equal status to team-mate Kimi Raikkonen this season, as Ferrari moved away from the defined 'number one' policy it employed during the Schumacher era, but still has an important role to play this weekend as Raikkonen remains in the title race. However, until he is asked to act accordingly, Massa insists that he will be targeting back-to-back Brazilian GP wins.

"I'm approaching the race with the same mentality as last year, trying to have a good weekend," he said, "I think, if we can repeat what happened one year ago, it will be fantastic.

"For sure, I would be happy to see my team winning the championship, but it's not a very easy race. I think [a lot] depends on what happens in the race, [and] depends on Kimi's chances of winning the championship [and] how these two guys [Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso] in front are going to do in the race. It depends on many things but, for sure, my aim is to try to win the race."

 

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