Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Massa signs new deal with Ferrari

Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher of Germany (left) and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil walk down the F1 paddock to the drivers meeting at the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Felipe Massa will stay at Ferrari for the 2013 season in an unchanged line-up with Fernando Alonso, the Italian team revealed yesterday.

The Brazilian has struggled for form in recent years but has agreed a one-year extension amid continued speculation that world champion Sebastian Vettel could join Alonso at Ferrari from 2014. Alonso's contract runs to the end of 2016.

Massa, 31, finished second at this month's Japanese Grand Prix for his first podium finish since the 2010 season and followed up that performance with a fourth-placed finish in South Korea on Sunday.

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