Felipe Massa will remain at Ferrari for 2013 after signing a new one year contract.
The new contract was announced after Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo held a meeting with Massa over his future with Ferrari.
It had been suggested that Ferrari were looking elsewhere for 2013 with Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta being touted as replacements. However Ferrari maintained that Massa would be assessed throughout the season and after his two impressive performances in Japan and Korea the decision was made to retain him.
Despite Massa’s return to form at the last few races his overall performance this season has been disappointing. This will undoubtedly lead many to question whether he deserves to stay on at Ferrari. Whether or not his performance suggests he deserves to stay at Ferrari, the team will have made the decision based on them believing that Massa can continue to score points but not pose any championship threat to teammate Fernando Alonso.
The decision to just sign Massa for one year has added to the speculation that Sebastian Vettel could be set to drive for Ferrari in 2014 alongside Alonso. However di Montezemolo had been quick to deny rumours that Vettel would move to Ferrari and Red Bull have said that Vettel is contracted beyond the 2014 season.
Massa may have been given a chance for 2013 but it looks unlikely that he will be retained beyond that. It also remains unlikely that Vettel will go to Ferrari in 2014 as it doesn’t provide any benefit to his career.