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Massa not worrying about 2013

ESPN Staff
October 2, 2012 « Schumacher insists he is still motivated at Mercedes | Suzuka DRS zone shortened »
Felipe Massa: "Of course my future is important, but right now it's the results that are the most important thing" © Sutton Images
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Felipe Massa insists he is no longer worrying about his future as he prepares for the final six races of the season without a contract for 2013.

Several drivers have been linked to Massa's Ferrari seat for next year, although the Brazilian is still in the running to retain his drive. Ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, he has reiterated that he is only interested in scoring results to help his team-mate Fernando Alonso secure the drivers' title.

"Of course my future is important, but right now it's the results that are the most important thing, which means I have to concentrate on each race as it comes," he told Ferrari's website. "I know what I can do, what I can give to the team and what are my talents. The team also knows this, because I've been here with them for rather longer than a day or even a year! The best plan is to race without worrying about the future."

He is confident Ferrari will be competitive this weekend and said the whole team must work together to help Alonso's championship chances.

"Even if it will be tough, this weekend, I would love to be fighting for pole and victory again. Our car can be competitive at Suzuka, because there are plenty of high speed corners which suits the F2012, as can be seen from the fact we were competitive in Silverstone back in the summer and these two tracks have some characteristics in common, in terms of the required levels of downforce and how you set-up the car.

"In fact, I hope we can be more competitive at all the remaining tracks, as every race now is very important for the team and for Fernando and also for me of course! We all know that we need to work hard in order to be as competitive as possible at every track.

"The car changed a lot since the mid-season test in Mugello and we have developed it all the time since then. We have tested constantly, nearly always bringing new parts to the track at each race. The job is all about scoring one more point than the others when it comes to the final race and so I hope we can improve it even more for the remaining races than we have done so far."