Ferrari extends Massa's contract through to 2013

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 16, 2012 15:01 hrs

Ferrari extended Felipe Massa's contract for one more season Tuesday, a move that keeps pressure on the Brazilian to perform for the Formula One team.

A brief statement from Ferrari said it had renewed the Brazilian's deal "to the end of the 2013 race season."

The announcement came two days after Massa's fourth-place finish in the Korean Grand Prix.

Massa also finished fourth in the Italian GP last month, then took second in the Japanese GP nine days ago for his first podium result in nearly two years.

The 31-year-old Massa hasn't won a race since a life-threatening accident at the Hungarian GP in 2009. He is currently ninth in the drivers' standings.

Lead Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso is currently in a tight championship battle with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who hasn't hid his desire to drive for Ferrari one day.

Massa's previous deal — a two-year agreement — was set to expire at the end of this season.

Massa won a combined 11 races in his first three seasons with Ferrari. Next year will be his eighth season with the team.

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