Felipe Massa has admitted he is glad his bosses re-confirmed his place at Ferrari for 2012 following recent media speculation.
Rumours have been flying over who will be driving for the scarlet clad team in 2012, with many believing that Nico Rosberg is likely to be Fernando Alonso’s teammate next season, despite the fact that Massa is still under contract with the team. Rosberg has denied the rumours, as have Ferrari themselves.
Although Massa, 30, was not at Ferrari’s Finale Mondiali event last weekend, his bosses Stefano Domenicali and Luca di Montezemolo confirmed he will still be racing a red car next year.
“Of course I am aware of what our president Montezemolo and Domenicali said about me over there, making it clear once again that I am definitely driving for the Scuderia next season,” he said. “From my point of view, it is important that I have the full support of the team behind me, which is always very positive.”
Since returning from his near-fatal crash in 2009, Massa has had a hard time alongside the highly competitive Alonso, who is now seen as arguably just as close to Ferrari as Michael Schumacher was half a decade ago.
“I know that next year will be a very important one for the whole team, given that this season did not go as well as expected and it will also be a very important time for me,” Massa acknowledged.