A Ferrari spokesman has dismissed reports Felipe Massa is now definitely staying for an eighth consecutive season in 2013.
“Not true,” the spokesman told Spanish sports newspaper Marca, responding to the rumours. “Felipe has not signed anything yet,” he insisted.
Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport thinks Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta are still candidates to switch to Ferrari next year. Switzerland’s Blick newspaper, however, said German Hulkenberg is more likely to move to Ferrari-powered Sauber.
What is definite is that the Perez/Schumacher situation has stirred up the ‘silly season’ nest. If Hulkenberg moves to Sauber or Ferrari, for example, Jules Bianchi could be promoted from Force India’s reserve seat. But the Ferrari-linked Frenchman Bianchi was obviously hoping Force India’s Paul di Resta or Hulkenberg – not Perez – would go to McLaren.
“I don’t know what to say,” he told Autosprint. “I’m not so sure there will be any change at Force India.”
Also still in the ‘silly season’ pot are Adrian Sutil, Heikki Kovalainen — and Michael Schumacher.
“A little mouse whispered in my ear that Schumacher could go back to Ferrari,” former Ferrari driver Patrick Tambay told RMC Sport. “It is perhaps just the dream of some tifosi, but why not?”