• Belgian Grand Prix

Massa keen to prove himself

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Felipe Massa: "It is the remaining races of this year that are important" © Press Association
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Felipe Massa is out to prove himself in the remaining nine races of the season and is wary that he will be judged on his results at the end of the year.

Massa is out of contract at the end of 2012 and there is speculation that his poor results this season will see him replaced. But Massa said he is not thinking about his contract situation and is instead focusing on finishing the season on a high.

"I have no news to give you regarding my future, but it is the remaining races of this year that are important," he said at Spa-Francorchamps on Thursday. "I will be concentrating solely on having strong races, getting good results, because it is the results that will be the most important thing when it comes to talking about my future when my contract expires. Definitely it's important that something is decided before the very end of the season."

Massa is hoping he can start his resurgence at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix and he is confident the car will suit the circuit.

"At the moment, as we saw in Silverstone, our car is good on tracks with fast corners, although this circuit is different to the English one because it has longer straights, where you need good top speed, which has not always been the case with this year's car," he added. "But here there are corners that could suit our car and I expect we should be much more competitive than at the last race in Hungary. Personally, it's a circuit I love, the one I enjoy most to drive and I have usually done well here. So let's hope we can have a good weekend."