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Ferrari has faith in me - Massa

ESPN Staff
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Felipe Massa has dismissed speculation about his future © Associated Press

Felipe Massa believes Ferrari still has faith in him as he once again faces uncertainties over his future in Formula One.

Massa's Ferrari contract is set to expire at the end of the year and after another lacklustre start to the season there is speculation he will be replaced in 2014. Rumours have linked Kimi Raikkonen to a return, but the team recently said that no decision has been made and ruled out an announcement at its home race this weekend at Monza.

Massa said the rumours about his future are nothing new.

"I'm used to this situation, as it's been like this since I started my career," he said. "The rumours mean nothing, all that matters is the faith the team has in me and I feel that very strongly.

"I know I must have a better second half of the season, after a first one where unfortunately, the results were lacking in some races, but the performance has always been up there. I think I still have a very strong chance of staying with Ferrari."

After Fernando Alonso drove from 10th on the grid to second on the podium in Belgium, Massa is confident Ferrari has made progress.

"In Belgium, the F138 was better than in previous races and we hope the updates we will have at the track can help us make a further step forward, both in the race and in qualifying, not just in Monza, but for the rest of the season."