Massa staying focused
Ferrari driver confident of producing improved second half to season
Last Updated: 01/08/12 1:23pm
Felipe Massa: HIs future remains up in the air
Felipe Massa insists that while his Formula 1 future may remain unclear he will continue to focus on achieving stronger results over the remainder of the season when the campaign resumes at the start of September.
Speculation over the Brazilian's future has proved a constant theme throughout the season so far with Ferrari believed to be assessing several options over who partners Fernando Alonso in 2013.
Mark Webber has already confirmed that he held talks with the Italian team prior to agreeing a contract renewal at Red Bull, while younger alternatives to Massa such as Paul di Resta, Nico Hulkenberg, Kamui Kobayashi and Heikki Kovalainen remain linked to the Brazilian's seat.
Furthermore, fresh reports over the Hungarian GP weekend also pointed towards Ferrari being increasingly unlikely to retain Massa with first suggestions that the team had let an option on the Brazilian's services for 2013 expire and then the shock revelation that they could yet make a move to bring back Kimi Raikkonen to the team, the now Lotus driver having won his sole the title at Maranello in 2007 prior to being dropped to make way for Alonso's arrival two years later.
Yet, despite the frenzied speculation, speaking after his latest difficult race at the Hungaroring in which he recorded only a ninth place finish, Massa said his sole focus remained on on-track issues.
"My contract? Until the situation is not clear [sic], there's nothing to say!" he said.
"I'm concentrating on doing well in the next races and that is my number one aim."
While Alonso leads the Championship by 40 points, Massa has endured the worst sequence of results of his long Ferrari career, finishing in the top five on just one occasion so far.
The 31-year-old, however, feels the gradual improvements in pace he has made recently will translate into a much stronger end to the campaign.
"This first part of the season has definitely not been very positive for me, although today I certainly feel better than at the start and I'm sure the second half will be better," Massa added.