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Massa lands new two year deal with Ferrari
Jun 9, 2010, 1:01 PM

Felipe Massa has been retained by Ferrari for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, it was announced today.

Felipe Massa has been retained by Ferrari for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, it was announced today.

With the Brazilian’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, there were rumours that his seat may be up for grabs. Robert Kubica's name was linked with the drive, as was Mark Webber's.

Prior to the Turkey GP team boss Stefano Domenicali said that he would retain both drivers for next season.

“I am happy to be given the opportunity to drive for Ferrari for a further two seasons,” said Massa in a statement.

“Throughout my entire Formula 1 career, I have always raced with an engine made in Maranello and it is a matter of pride for me to be able to continue working with a team that I regard as a second family, ” said Massa.

Massa first joined the team in 2001 as a test driver before assuming racing duties in 2006 and has since amassed 11 victories, 15 pole positions and 30 podiums in 69 races for Ferrari. He also spent three seasons racing for Sauber.

Ferrari has shown considerable faith in Massa, who is managed by Nicolas Todt, son of former Ferrari boss Jean Todt. After his accident in Hungary last year it stuck by him and this renewal is a real vote of confidence in the Brazilian, who was one corner away from winning the 2008 world championship.

The 29-year-old currently lies sixth in the drivers’ standings and comfortably outpaced his team-mate Fernando Alonso last time out in Turkey. He has struggled with the car at times this season, particularly when running the hard Bridgestone tyre, but Istanbul showed a turn around.

“Felipe has been part of Ferrari for almost a decade and together with us, he has grown as a driver and as a man, going through some very difficult times as well as giving us moments of great happiness,” added Domenicali.

“We wanted to show proof of stability for the future, believing in the worth of a driver pairing that is without equal in terms of talent, speed and its ability to work together for the good of the team.”

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