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Massa to fight for Ferrari seat

2011-11-24 10:09

Sao Paulo, Brazil - Felipe Massa, looking forward to his 100th Formula 1 race for Ferrari, knows he will have to raise his game to stay with the team after 2012.

Massa, twice a winner of his home Grand Prix at Interlagos, has not stood on the podium in 2011 and is sixth in a championship won by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

Massa said: "I have a contract with Ferrari until (the end of) next year and this is not the only moment (in my career) that I have to do a good job to renew.

"Other times it has happened. I need a good year to continue," he added.

Massa, whose position at Ferrari has been under constant speculation since he arrived in 2006, has already received a veiled warning from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.

'HE NEEDS TO PROVE HIMSELF'

Montezemolo said: "We expect great things from him in 2012 and then decide how to proceed. Let's say he needs to prove himself next season."

Massa said he also hoped to have a more competitive car.

He said: "It was not a very good year, it was not an easy year"

Fernando Alonso is third overall in the 2011 championship and has 245 points to Massa's 108.

Massa said: "To have a competitive car...the work is not only now but a few months ago. We wish to have a car more competitive so that we can play for the championship from the beginning to the end and not just some races.

"Although my year was not good, I rely on the strength of the fans, as always...the excitement is always high when I go home," said Massa.

Reuters

Comments
  • Jono - 2011-11-24 16:40

    It’s fascinating how they tell him he must improve if they deliberately sabotage his car to be slower than Alonso's. Massa first and only real chance to show how good he was, was in 2008 I think when he just lost to Hamilton. There all the attention was on him and he was in the running for the title. Since then he has been playing second fiddle to overrated co-drivers.

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