Massa 'very happy' to stay

Brazilian hoping to hang on to Ferrari drive

By Mike Wise at Hockenheim.   Last Updated: 20/07/12 6:14pm

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Felipe Massa admitted at the German Grand Prix on Friday that he would be more than happy to stay at Ferrari again next season.

Not for the first time in his stint at the Scuderia, which now spans seven seasons, the Brazilian has had to deal with speculation about his future there.

Massa has struggled painfully at times in the shadow of team-mate Fernando Alonso so far this season, a situation reflected in the drivers' standings.

While Alonso is the overall leader having claimed two victories, Massa lies way down in 13th place.

Even so, he has improved his performances in recent races and scored a fourth-place finish - his best result to date in 2012 - at the British Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Time will tell whether or not Massa can continue his improvement, however his chances of retaining his seat were boosted last week when Mark Webber, who had held talks with Ferrari about a switch, extended his Red Bull contract.

"Well for sure it would be nice to stay," Massa said. "It's a team that any driver wants to race for so I'm just going to do everything I can to race in a top team - and I'm very happy to race for Ferrari. So we'll see."

Massa ended a rain-hit second session 12th fastest having been eighth during the morning's running.

Showers also fell then, with the conditions hampering teams like McLaren and Lotus who are trying out major upgrades this weekend.

Rain at Silverstone and now in Germany has also thwarted Ferrari in their attempts to test a new front wing, with Massa denying the suggestion that the conditions, together with the relative stability of their package across the two races, handed them an advantage.

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"We try many different things on the car. We don't know how much they have but we have also some new pieces on the car," he added.

"It's always difficult to know if they are competitive because of the pieces or because it's a good track for them as well.

"We didn't drive so much on the dry to be sure. We how we are, I don't know.

"But for sure we brought some new pieces and I hope it works - we don't know 100 per cent if it works because I didn't drive in a normal day to understand piece by piece."

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