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Ferrari tight-lipped over Felipe Massa future

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Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has refused to comment on Felipe Massa's future at the team as the Brazilian's recent struggles continue.

Massa out-qualified team-mate Fernando Alonso in Germany last weekend but a spin early in the race saw him retire. 

Mistakes like that have overshadowed what was a better year for Massa - he has now had an off-track incident at every race since Monaco. 

Despite the poor performances team boss Stefano Domenicali continues to give his backing to the 32-year-old. 

"Yes, these are critical moments," Domenicali said after Massa's spin into retirement at the Nurburgring, "and of course we are not happy with the results.

"But we have to support Felipe, because the team is fighting for the constructors' championship." 

However, speaking on Wednesday Di Montezemolo said: "[Massa's] Future? We will talk about that further down the line as there's no hurry." 

Speculation has linked Nico Hulkenberg and Jules Bianchi with Massa's seat for 2014, however, it is understood Massa met with the Ferrari president when he completed some simulator work at Maranello on Wednesday.

Montezemolo added: "Felipe is fully aware he can count on our total confidence in him.

"I hope he will soon secure the results that will show his talent to the full, such as the great starts he pulled off at the last two Grand Prix races." 

Some are not so convinced by Massa however. BBC TV's Gary Anderson believes the recent mistakes have come "at an inconvenient time" for the Brazilian.

"The mistake at the Nurburgring is not one a driver of his calibre should be making," Anderson told Speed Week.

"Maybe it's time for Ferrari to get another driver who scores more regularly. Nico Hulkenberg is an obvious choice, but personally I would get Jules Bianchi. He is less likely to trouble Fernando's position as top dog," he added.


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