Massa stays coy on future
Brazilian not considering 2013 until after August
Last Updated: 07/06/12 6:26pm
Felipe Massa has clarified that he will only start to consider his future in F1 after August - and refused to rule out leaving the sport if his contract with Ferrari is not extended.
With his current deal with the Scuderia expiring at the end of 2012, speculation has followed Massa around closer than his shadow so far this season. Although his dismal early-year form put the rumour mill into overdrive, the Brazilian's return to form in Monaco has eased the pressure and saw Massa strike a defiant tone in Thursday's Drivers' Press Conference in Canada.
Asked about quotes attributed to him which indicated he would consider walking away from F1 if he did not stay with Ferrari, Massa clarified: "The most important thing is to think about the present and to carry on the direction we found in the last race. For sure, after August we will start to think about what will happen in the future.
"I didn't say that if I am not at Ferrari, I will stop. I said that if I need to go to a small team then maybe I will think about doing something else.
"But now we must think about the present: I am here and as always I am trying to fight for the victory as I have done for many years and I am looking forward to being in that position again soon, so that I can fight for victories and the championship."
Buoyed by his vastly-improving showing in Monaco, Massa is confident that he can build on his 'breakthrough' to salvage a season that is yet to reach its halfway stage. He also knows that an upsurge in form will also give him a far stronger hand to play when F1's silly season kicks into gear
"I trust myself and even if the season did not start as I expected, things are getting better. It is important to carry on in this direction and look to the future, whether that means still driving for Ferrari or looking for a good direction in which to race."
Meanwhile, Massa also revealed that Ferrari plan to run two different exhaust configurations in Friday's Practice sessions at Montreal. "We have some pieces to try here and the direction is to find downforce," he confirmed. "How much the updates can bring, we will have to wait and see once we are on the track."