Massa ignores axe rumours

Felipe Massa’s Ferrari seat is a big talking point in the Sepang paddock on Thursday. Following a less than stellar performance at the F1 season opener in Australia, the Italian press are speculating that the Brazilian driver could soon be on his way out to be replaced by Sergio Perez, Adrian Sutil or Jarno Trulli.

Mexican Perez, the cream of Ferrari’s development programme and already at Ferrari-powered Sauber, said in Malaysia: “It’s very early to say that or speculate.”

Very keen for a chance like this, however, is Force India refugee Sutil, who has been left without a job in the wake of his criminal conviction.

“I am very motivated and I’m training hard to stay fit,” the German is quoted on Thursday by Auto Bild Motorsport.

All eyes will be on Massa this weekend, as Ferrari has agreed to build him up a new F2012 chassis in the wake of his lacklustre performance in Melbourne.

“I really don’t care,” he said in reaction to the rumours, “I have a job.”