Ferrari today revealed that Brazilian Felipe Massa has signed a contract extension to keep him at the Maranello-based outfit until the end of the 2010 season. His original contract was scheduled to expire at the end of next season, however the two year-extension means that the Brazilian will spend at least five years at the Italian marque.
With Kimi Räikkönen's three-year deal keeping him at the Scuderia until 2009, the team's driver line-up will remain unchanged until the 2010 season at the earliest. Today's news therfore puts to bed rumours of reigning World Champion Fernando Alonso joining the team from 2009, with a long-term move to Renault now looking more likely.
In total, since him joining Ferrari in 2006, Massa has scored five victories, sixteen podium finishes, eight pole positions and fastest laps, 25 points finishes and 116 points in the 34 Grands Prix he has competed in to date. Massa now heads into the weekend keen on helping team-mate Räikkönen to the world drivers' title at his home race in Sao Paulo.