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Massa contract talks underway

ESPNF1 Staff
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Renault could be an option for Felipe Massa © Sutton Images

Felipe Massa could be heading to Renault in 2011 according to a report in Finland's Turun Sanomat.

Massa's manager, Nicolas Todt, is said to have already held contract talks with both Ferrari and one other team, believed to be Renault.

Massa has been with Ferrari since 2006, but his current deal runs out at the end of the season. Having been overshadowed by team-mate Fernando Alonso so far in 2010, speculation is rife that Ferrari will look to replace him at the end of the season.

The current hottest properties in the driver market, Renault's Robert Kubica and Red Bull's Mark Webber, are believed to be high on Ferrari's wanted list and have both been linked with a move to the Italian marque in recent weeks. Monaco Grand Prix winner and championship leader Webber recently declined to commit to Red Bull saying "things happen and change very fast in this business and you never know what's around the corner".

Despite the speculation, Massa insists Ferrari is his first choice although he is flattered by other teams showing interest in him.

"I like it a lot at Ferrari - I know everybody and everybody knows me," Massa told Turun Sanomat. "However, it is always encouraging to know that other teams with fast cars are interested in me. The main objective is to continue with Ferrari, but if that fails than we will look elsewhere."