Felipe Massa concedes it is not ideal to be in the dark over his future, but is determined to secure good results in order to stay at Ferrari...
Felipe Massa concedes it is not ideal to be in the dark over his future, but is nevertheless determined to secure good results in order to stay at Ferrari.
The Brazilian's contract with the Scuderia runs out at the end of the season and the powers that be are keeping mum over whether or not they will offer him a new deal.
Many believed he would be shown the door midway through the year after he picked up only 11 points in the first eight races, but he has stepped it up in recent grands prix.
His improved performances have led to speculation that Ferrari might not get rid of him after all, but Massa says the team bosses are yet to reveal their hand to him.
"There is no news on my future at the moment, but there's no doubt that good results will help," he told the official Ferrari website.
"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."
Next up on the Formula One calendar is the Singapore Grand Prix and Massa is no doubt hoping to repeat his Monza success at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
"I like the Singapore track and I feel the circuit suits me, even if I've never had much luck there," said the Brazilian, "so I'm definitely looking for another good result and I hope I can do even better than in the last two races.
"Touch wood we can continue the same way, after what were definitely good races in Spa and Monza. I picked up a good number of points, which was especially important if you look at the state of play in the championship right now and then compare it to how things were at the beginning of the year."