• Jun 1st 2010 at 5:58PM
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The 2010 Formula One season isn't even halfway through, and already speculation has been ramping up for next year's line-up. The biggest piece of the puzzle revolves around Felipe Massa, the Brazilian driver who has – notwithstanding a few seasons spent farmed out to Ferrari-powered Sauber – been with the Scuderia since advancing to the series in 2002 with the European Formula 3000 title under his belt.

Word around the paddock is that Ferrari has been unsatisfied with Massa's performance this season. After coming a close second in the championship in 2008, Massa suffered a crippling crash last season, sidelining him for the remainder, only to return to the scarlet cockpit this year. So far, however, Massa's been languishing behind his rivals, currently sitting seventh in the standings while his team-mate Fernando Alonso holds on to fourth place.

The lackluster performance has led to rumors that Ferrari would opt to release Massa – who is managed by FIA president and former Ferrari CEO Jean Todt's son Nicolas – rather than renew his contract which is due to expire at the end of this season. That, in turn, led to speculation that either Red Bull's Mark Webber or Renault's Robert Kubica could get called up to Maranello. But speaking with the BBC in the ramp up to this past weekend's Turkish Grand Prix, team principal Stefano Domenicalli indicated that Massa's contract would, in all likelihood, be renewed after all. Nothing is certain until the papers are signed – and even then things can change – but for now it looks like Felipe is set to stay in the red.

[Source: Autosport | Image: Alberto Cridpa/AFP/Getty]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm happy about this. Massa is a solid driver. Ferrari needs to look at the car itself and figure out why it isn't working out for both Massa and Alonso...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, I agree. I am a HUGE Ferrari fan, since many years ago and through thick and thin. They need to step it up, something is not in going smoothly in the team.
      • 5 Years Ago
      F1 maybe a soap opera but im not going to go off and watch nascar
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dont care. I stopped watching F1 long time ago. Nothin spectacular excepting some crashes and some scandal now and then
        • 5 Years Ago
        But you felt you had to post about it? :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup. You don't watch it, STFU.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, all the comment above were spot on and very sensible (except for the first guy).

      I agree with a lot of what has been said, Massa is very strong, and coming from where he was last year it really proves that he has matured not as just a driver, but I think as just a human being. The man came out of a life threatening injury and had a child, and hasn't lost pace since he got back in the car this year.

      Despite lack of coverage he seems to be keeping a level head and doing what he has got to do to keep his job. And with the extreme amount of development between veteran teams this year is unbelievable, combining that with difficult passing due to dirty air off those trick diffusers...these guys are giving 110% every second of the race, but it may not show when your watching it on tv.

      Hey Autoblog why don't you do race recap "spoilers" for Grand-Am? Lime Rock was yesterday.
      • 5 Years Ago
      . . . no matter what goes on off the track, the start of an F1 race makes my hairs stand up, and that's only watching it on TV.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you haven't already...go watch a start in person. I've been around a lot of motorsport, but being present at turn one of an F1 race made me feel like a kid all over again. Not many moments in this world can do that to you as easily as F1.

        And to those that are just "over" F1... It must really suck living your crotchedy old man life. Please do stay at home with your home shopping network and stay out of our life experiences. Thank you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope this is true. Massa is the number one driver at ferrari. Alonso did not deserve to be in a ferrari. All of this driver swaping this year was stupid.
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