Ferrari extends Massa's contract for another two years

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London, Jun 10 (ANI): Ending speculation that Felipe Massa would be replaced by Renault's Robert Kubica next season, Ferrari has shocked Formula One by extending the Brazilian's contract for another two years.

Mark Webber was another driver linked to the move before he confirmed his commitment to Red Bull earlier this week.

It means Ferrari will have an unchanged line-up until the end of the 2012 season, as Fernando Alonso is also contracted to the Italian giants, The Sun reports.

Massa has been with Ferrari since 2001, but his future was thrown into question due to his bad form and the expiration of his current deal at the end of this year.

Massa, who recovered from shocking head injuries he sustained midway through 2009, said: "I am happy to be given the opportunity to drive for Ferrari for a further two seasons."

"Throughout my entire Formula One career, I have always raced with an engine made in Maranello. And it is a matter of pride for me to be able to continue working with a team that I regard as a second family," he added.

Team principal Stefano Domenicali said: "Felipe has been part of Ferrari for almost a decade. Together with us he has grown as a driver and as a man, going through some very difficult times as well as giving us moments of great happiness.

"We wanted to show proof of stability for the future, believing in the worth of a driver pairing that is without equal in terms of talent, speed and its ability to work together for the good of the team." (ANI)

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