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Massa eyes contract extension

ESPNF1 Staff
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Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso in Malaysia © Sutton Images
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A three-year contract extension is reportedly on the cards for Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

His deal with the Italian team runs out this season, and it had been rumoured that Robert Kubica could become Fernando Alonso's teammate in 2011.

But team boss Stefano Domenicali has told the latest edition of the German magazine Sport Bild that Ferrari wants "to build with Felipe into the future".

A subsequent report in Brazil's O Globo newspaper agrees that Massa, the current world championship leader, is "close to renewing his contract for three more seasons".

With a new deal through to the end of 2013, the future of the 2008 championship runner-up would be even more secure than double world champion Alonso's, whose contract is for a guaranteed three years beginning in 2010.