Felipe Massa has called on Ferrari to stick with him for next season because, “I believe I am a good driver and I can do a lot more than I did in the first part of this year.”
Speaking in the paddock at Spa on Thursday, the Brazilian said that he was working to stay at Ferrari in 2013 and believes he still has a chance to retain his seat, but admitted that nothing is in place yet and anything could happen.
“The direction is to stay here, but nothing is sure yet, ” he said. “So we need to concentrate on the races. At the end of the day, good results are the most important thing.”
Asked about the fact that he’s only ever raced with Ferrari engines in F1 he said, “Maybe I’ll be racing Ferrari engines again next year, but when you don’t have a contract it’s difficult to say.”
This is the time of the year when things start to get settled for the next year in terms of driver movements. After a very tough start to the season, where he admits he couldn’t find the pace in the first three races, Massa believes he has found the pace in recent races and feels he can now show what he can do. He believes he still has what it takes to earn a seat at Ferrari.
“With me in many races, something happened. I couldn’t finish in the position I was supposed to finish, even having the pace to finish in that position. Now I need to concentrate and go in the same direction as Fernando,” he said.
The situation still seems to be quite fluid, with other names like Di Resta and Hulkenberg being mentioned but Ferrari still taking their time to decide.