Felipe Massa arrived in Montreal for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix in an exultant mood after securing an extension of his contract with the Ferrari team. The Italian squad announced on Wednesday that the Brazilian would stay on for a further two seasons, having signed a new deal until the end of 2012.
"It is fantastic to re-sign for Ferrari," Massa told a news conference in Montreal on Thursday. "It shows that everybody from the team trusts you and I think that is a very good point for me, to keep pushing hard and harder all the time, to keep working together with the team to achieve the best. It is everything I want and what the team wants, so I am very happy to stay.
"It's a little bit more time with Ferrari, which is a team I always dreamed to race for and when you see this is my fifth championship for Ferrari and I stay for another two years it is a fantastic feeling."
The Brazilian, whose team was off the pace of the leading teams in the previous race in Turkey, is hoping Ferrari can take a step forward this weekend in Canada.
"I hope. For sure that is always our target, to be the best. We saw a very strong McLaren and Red Bull in the last race, I am sure they are going to be strong here as well," he said. "Also we were as well behind Mercedes and Renault in the last race, so we are pushing hard to be in front and fight for the best - which is what we are working for."