Felipe Massa will stay at Ferrari for the 2013 period in an unaffected arrangement with Fernando Alonso, the Italian Formula One team said in a statement on Tuesday. The Brazilian has struggled for form in current years but has decided a one-year addition amid continued conjecture that world champion Sebastian Vettel could join Alonso at Ferrari starting 2014. Alonso’s agreement runs to the end of 2016.
“The team and also all the fans can rest guaranteed that I will do all in my authority to help the Scuderia accomplish the targets it sets itself each year,” Massa said on the Ferrari website. Massa’s prospect has been unsure all period, with the 31-year-old anguish an abject run until he completed second at this month’s Japanese Grand Prix for his first platform finish since 2010.
The Sao Paulo driver was fourth in South Korea on Sunday, round 16 of the contest, a result that intended he had scored more points in his last two races than he had in the first 11 of the time. Ferrari’s conclusion was not a great revelation, with Alonso clearly favoring the Brazilian as his team mate having recognized himself as the clear center of the sport’s most winning team.
“I am so happy to persist one more year with Felipe1Massa as a teammate. I’m sure we are the most excellent team. ForzaFerrari,” Alonso said on Twitter after a declaration that Ferrari said they had intended to make next week but had brought forward to end all the conjecture.