Ferrari have announced Felipe Massa will continue to drive for the team until the end of the 2012 season. Massa started to race for Ferrari in 2006, following a stint at Ferrari-engined Sauber, and over his 69 Grands Prix with the Italian outfit has taken 11 wins, 30 podiums, 15 pole positions, 12 fastest race laps and 360 world championship points.
“I am happy to be given the opportunity to drive for Ferrari for a further two seasons,” said the Brazilian. “Throughout my entire Formula One career, I have always raced with an engine made in Maranello and it is a matter of pride for me to be able to continue working with a team that I regard as a second family.”
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali added: “Felipe has been part of Ferrari for almost a decade and together with us, he has grown as a driver and as a man, going through some very difficult times as well as giving us moments of great happiness. We wanted to show proof of stability for the future, believing in the worth of a driver pairing that is without equal in terms of talent, speed and its ability to work together for the good of the team.”
With Massa’s current team mate Fernando Alonso also contracted until 2012, it means Ferrari will have an unchanged driver line-up for the next two seasons.