Formula 1

Felipe Massa confident of new Ferrari deal

Massa wants at least another season at Ferrari (©GettyImages)
Massa wants at least another season at Ferrari (©GettyImages).

Felipe Massa believes there is a "good chance" he will be retained by Ferrari for 2014.

The Brazilian endured a difficult few years following his near-fatal crash in Hungary in 2009 but his form has been much better for the majority of this season.

Despite a difficult few races in Monaco and Canada, which saw him crash three times, team boss Stefano Domencali has said Massa is "absolutely" in the running for a new deal and the seat alongside Fernando Alonso next year.

"I think I have a good chance to stay here," Massa told Brazil's Agencia Estado at Silverstone.

"I have to keep working and getting good results because, after all, it's the results that count. But I'm confident of doing well until the end of the season.

Massa believes a new deal will be offered to him soon and denied those recent crashes had put a dent in his confidence.

"I have never been a driver with problems of accidents, as happened in the last two races," said Massa.

"So I don't think you can put pressure (on yourself) because of that."

Meanwhile the President of Lombardy, Roberto Maroni, has claimed Ferrari should threaten to quit F1 if the historic Italian Grand Prix is dropped as F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone threatened it could be this week.

Ecclestone said that he is looking to drop some European races for new ones in emerging markets and claimed not even the history or prestige of Monza was enough to guarantee it's future in the sport.

Maroni is quoted by La Repubblica as saying: "He (Ecclestone) thinks he's father and master of the world, but he cannot decide such a thing without even consulting with people.

"If he does (axe Monza), there would only be one thing to do -- Ferrari withdraw from the Grand Prix and the Formula 1 circuit.”


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