Massa: Strong results will help
Brazilian still hopeful of new deal with Ferrari
By William Esler. Last Updated: September 18, 2012 2:11pm
Felipe Massa believes good results will help his cause for a new contract at Ferrari, but says he still has not heard anything about his future with the team.
The Brazilian is out of contract with the Scuderia at the end of the season, and having been comprehensively outperformed by team-mate Fernando Alonso during their three seasons together, his future has been the subject of much speculation.
A fourth-placed finish at Monza equalled Massa's best result of the season - a timely remainder to Ferrari and the Tifosi of his pace. However, he sits 10th in the Drivers' Championship having scored 132 points less than leader Alonso.
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"There is no news on my future at the moment, but there's no doubt that good results will help," Massa confirmed.
"I just need to keep pushing hard and getting good results, in the hope of hearing some good news soon. It's always better to know what the situation is, as of course I want to know what I'm doing next year. But I can tell you that it's never happened that I'm in the car in the middle of the race and I start thinking about what I'll do next year!
"However, I know that results are what matter, so if the situation arises where you have to take a risk in the race, then you have to think carefully about it, as you know your priority is to finish the race."
Singapore is next up for Massa, a circuit he enjoys driving, having taken pole there in 2008.
"I like the Singapore track and I feel the circuit suits me, even if I've never had much luck there," said the Brazilian.
"So I'm definitely looking for another good result and I hope I can do even better than in the last two races. Touch wood we can continue the same way, after what were definitely good races in Spa and Monza. I picked up a good number of points, which was especially important if you look at the state of play in the championship right now and then compare it to how things were at the beginning of the year.
"As a street circuit, Singapore has some similarities with Monaco in terms of the settings and also with Hungary, because there the circuit also calls for a lot of downforce. If we look back, we seemed to go better in Monaco than in Hungary, so let's hope this track has more in common with the one in Monte Carlo!
"Last year, the race was very tough from a tyre point of view and even though our car is quite different this year, I still expect a difficult race this weekend in terms of the tyres, when we will have the same compounds as last year, namely the Soft and Supersoft. Because this track is hard on tyres, I expect we will see more pits stops than in the past couple of races."