Massa thrilled with new Ferrari contract

Brasilia: Felipe Massa thanked Ferrari on Thursday for showing faith in him with a new contract to end the constant speculation about his Formula One future.

The little Brazilian, who has battled back from life-threatening head injuries suffered in July last year, was handed a deal this week keeping him at the Italian team to the end of 2012.

"It shows that everybody from the team trusts me," Massa told a news conference ahead of Sunday`s Canadian Grand Prix.

"I am so very happy to stay at Ferrari, which is the team I always dreamed to race for.”

"This is my fifth championship (season) for Ferrari and I will stay for another two years, it is just a fantastic feeling."

Massa, whose team mate will continue to be Spain`s double world champion Fernando Alonso, said he had never listened to the paddock gossip anyway.

"Since I came to Ferrari there have been different rumours every year (but) I don`t care," he said.

"I just care about what I want, I just care about my job in the team and for what I see, how the people are working and how they respect me.”

"That`s the most important thing, not what we hear. I would say every year that I have raced for Ferrari all the rumours have not been true, so what can I say?"

The Brazilian said he never gave any thought to quitting the sport after the freak accident in Hungary, where he was hit on the head during qualifying by a heavy metal spring that had fallen off compatriot Rubens Barrichello`s car.

"A month afterwards I was driving go-karts and I didn`t feel any different, so everything that I was doing in my life was exactly the same as before," he said.

"Even the stupid things. When I was playing PlayStation I was doing the same lap times or whatever. Nothing changed. That`s why it was easy not to even think about it."

Bureau Report

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