Formula 1

Ferrari team principal wants Massa stay

Domenicali talks about Ferrari's line-up (©GettyImages)
Domenicali talks about Ferrari's line-up (©GettyImages).

Stefano Domenicali has said that he would like Felipe Massa to stay with Ferrari for 2014, but would expect the Brazilian to deliver better results.

Massa's future in the sport looks uncertain, after having a mixed season thus far. The Brazilian has managed only 61 points in the season, compared to team mate Fernando Alonso's 151.

Massa's contract expires at the end of the season, and reportedly Ferrari are looking at other options.

However, speaking to the Formula One Website, Domenicali insisted that he would prefer to retain Massa for the next season.

"Don't forget, everybody wants to drive for Ferrari," Domenicali said. "We have to wait and see. My favourite choice would be, of course, to keep Felipe because Felipe is a very good guy - very dedicated to the team - and when you look around there are not so many drivers out there that you swap and they immediately deliver.

"But, of course, we need good results from Felipe, so that's why we will not rush as we have to make the right decision for the team."

He further added that the team was in no hurry to decide on next year's line up, and would come out with their decision, once they are decided.

"As soon as we have made up our minds we will announce it officially to silence the rumours once and for all. When we are ready…" he said.

Nico Hulkenberg is heavily linked with a switch to Ferrari next year, with Paul Di Resta also in the running. The biggest threat to all of them, though, is Kimi Raikkonen.

The Finn, who was the last driver to win the World Championship with Ferrari, is reportedly high on Ferrari's radar to lead them next year, with or without Fernando Alonso.

Domenicali was however, reserved regarding Kimi Raikkonen's alleged switch to Ferrari next year. 

He did not refute the idea entirely, but insisted that the team was yet to final anything.

"Kimi is a very fast driver and everybody knows how I rate him. But if I make a comment now it will be taken as a direct answer. As I said, there is no rush and we will make the right decision in the right moment."

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