Time is running out for Massa

Thursday 22-August-2013 11:13

Felipe Massa has "two F1 races to prove his worth" to Ferrari after which the Italian stable will decide their 2014 line-up.

Entering his eighth season with Ferrari much was expected from Massa who had been handed a life-line after a solid ending to the previous season.

And although the Brazilian started strong, his form has slumped a bit in recent races.

With two retirements and a best-placed finish of P6 in the last five races, Massa also only out-qualified team-mate Fernando Alonso once during that period.

Now, with just 61 points compared to Alonso's 133, Massa's future at Ferrari is once again on the line.

According to report in The Guardian newspaper, the 32-year-old has "two F1 races to prove worth to the team."

The newspaper claims that "Ferrari will not make a decision about his future until after next month's Italian Grand Prix in Monza, at the earliest, which gives the Brazilian at least two races to make his claim for a fresh contract, beginning with Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa."

Massa's two-race trial comes amidst reports that Ferrari are in two minds about signing Kimi Raikkonen as the Brazilian's replacement.

While some of the Italian stable believe the Finn's return would bolster the team, Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo is "thought to favour sticking with Massa if only the Brazilian can show him some encouraging form in the coming weeks."

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