Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has said that the team still believes in Felipe Massa and his 2012 contract is safe.
Since his championship tilt of 2008, Brazilian Massa has struggled to get on terms with his new teammate Fernando Alonso.
There have also been suggestions the 30-year-old is no longer the same after recovering from near-fatal head injuries sustained in mid 2009.
Domenicali told La Repubblica newspaper that Ferrari still believes in Massa.
“The fan in the bar says ‘Trust me, he is as strong as he was before Budapest’. He will be supported in every way.
“Meanwhile, the contract will not be touched; he is safe until December 2012,” added Domenicali.