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Domenicali confident Massa will repay trust

ESPN Staff
October 16, 2012 « Massa signs new Ferrari deal for 2013 | Sauber still targeting Mercedes »
Felipe Massa will remain with Ferrari until the end of 2013 © Sutton Images

Stefano Domenicali is confident Felipe Massa will repay the trust Ferrari has shown him after extending his contract.

Massa had an extremely poor start to the season, scoring just 11 points in the opening eight races of the year. However, a strong run of form has brought him 56 points over the last five races - including a second place in the Japanese Grand Prix - and Massa has even outscored his team-mate Fernando Alonso by 11 points in that time.

Off the back of that form, Massa has been handed a new one-year contract to remain as Alonso's team-mate. Domenicali said that Massa has displayed what he can do in a competitive car, and believes Massa will continue to deliver in 2013.

"We are pleased to have extended our relationship with Felipe for another year," Domenicali said. "He has been part of our family for over a decade and has shown, especially in the latter part of the season, to be competitive at the highest levels, as we expect every driver to be behind the wheel of a Ferrari.

"We have always supported Felipe, even in the most difficult moments of his career, and we are confident in his value, and that he will repay the trust that has been renewed."

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