BREAKING: Massa and Ferrari extend contract through 2010

More pieces are filled into the proverbial puzzle with each passing day as the 2007 Formula One season comes to a close, and next season's grid comes into focus.
The latest news comes in the form of an announcement from Ferrari that the team has signed a new contract with its Brazilian driver Felipe Massa, who will stay with the team for the next three seasons at least. The news should come as no surprise, as Massa has had a very strong year, even if he fell from contention for the now three-way title race leading into the final race of the season. Massa, it should be remembered, is also managed by Nicholas Todt, son of Ferrari principal Jean Todt, and has driven under Ferrari power since his F1 debut for Sauber in 2001 under contract with Maranello.

The announcement also ends speculation that still-reigning world
champion Fernando Alonso would move to the Scuderia next season, and that Massa was shifting to Ralf Schumacher's seat at Toyota.

Following some truly stellar drives this season, winning three grands prix and nine podiums, this could be the best move Massa (and Ferrari) have pulled yet.

[Source: Autosport, photo by Clive Mason/Getty]

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