Date: 19th September 2012 at 9:12am
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With Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo practically ended rumours of Sergio Perez’s switch from Sauber to Ferrari next season, many people in the media started to wonder if Felipe Massa’s future at Ferrari was beginning to look a little bit stronger.

For well over a year it had been expected that the Brazilian would leave Ferrari at the end of the 2012 Formula One World Championship.

Ferrari have been linked with a number of drivers up and down the pit-lane, Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were linked, before both signed new contracts with their current team.

Jenson Button was linked before signings a new contract with McLaren, while Lewis Hamilton’s potential move from McLaren to Ferrari was reportedly vetoed by Fernando Alonso.

The strongest rumours then turned to Sauber’s Sergio Perez, who appeared to be the clear favourite duo to his connections with the Ferrari young driver programme, but di Montezemolo has quite publicly stated that the Mexican doesn’t have the experience needed to drive for Ferrari at this moment in time.

So that leaves very few options for Ferrari. Robert Kubica has been linked with Ferrari in the past and is good friends with Alonso, but after being out of Formula One for so long through injury and only just now beginning to get behind the wheel of rally cars again the Pole would be a massive risk for Ferrari.

So do Ferrari turn to Massa for another 12 months? Giving perhaps Perez or even Kubica more time to be ready for the move to Ferrari?

Well if they are, they haven’t yet informed Massa.

‘There is no news on my future at the moment, but there’s no doubt that good results will help,’ Massa told Sky Sports.

‘I just need to keep pushing hard and getting good results, in the hope of hearing some good news soon. It’s always better to know what the situation is, as of course I want to know what I’m doing next year. But I can tell you that it’s never happened that I’m in the car in the middle of the race and I start thinking about what I’ll do next year!

‘However, I know that results are what matter, so if the situation arises where you have to take a risk in the race, then you have to think carefully about it, as you know your priority is to finish the race.’