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New Massa deal could be imminent says Domenicali

By Berthold Bouman

After a strong result in Japan and Korea, Felipe Massa is very close to signing up for another year with the Italian Scuderia, according to Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali, who was very happy with Massa’s result today. “Felipe followed up his great race in Suzuka with another one here, also on the attack right from the opening lap and then again at other key moments, like when he overtook Hamilton,” Domenicali said after the race.

Massa close to a new Ferrari deal?

Asked about the Brazilian’s future he smiled and said, “His future? As my friend Laura Pausini [Italian pop singer] would say, “Wait and see…,” he answered. The points Massa scored in Japan and Korea were very important for Ferrari as they have now taken over McLaren’s second place in the Constructors’ Championship, but the Italian team has McLaren still right on their tail as they are only six points behind.

To Domenicali said he had no doubt Massa would stay in 2013 and commented, “When you get the OK from both directions that is when you are sure. I think it will be pretty soon to be honest. Very soon you will know what will be our position on that respect.” And he added, “Felipe is a very, very strong driver because otherwise we would have already taken a different decision.”

Massa again looked strong in Korea, but had to back off and stay behind Fernando Alonso to help to keep his championship aspirations alive.

“Towards the end, I closed on Fernando but attacking him was never even up for discussion: I know how important every single point is in the title fight. The whole team is doing its utmost to help Fernando and I am there for him, just as the team is and as it has been for me when I found myself in the same situation,” Massa said after the race.

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