Felipe Massa sees no reason why he cannot secure his future at Ferrari if he continues to deliver the kind of step forward in performance seen in recent races.
A change in approach to setup and improvements to the F2012 helped Massa transform his season from the Monaco Grand Prix onward, and he delivered his best result in two years with fourth place in the British Grand Prix. Although Ferrari is still keeping its options open regarding future plans, with Massa's contract due for renewal at the end of the year, the Brazilian feels that his future is now back in his own hands.
"I think if we keep working like that and keep improving the car and working, I don't see a reason why I cannot be here," explained Massa.
Although Ferrari did hold discussions with Mark Webber about a contract for next year, there are not many obvious options to replace Massa if the team elects not to continue with him – which is why it can wait some more time before deciding. Massa himself feels that he can show over the remainder of the campaign why he is worth keeping, now that he is much happier with the car.
"I feel much more comfortable, and driving in the direction that I like," he said. "I feel there is a lot more to come.
"This is the direction we need to keep working; to improve the situation every race and to make a different championship for myself from now until the end of the season."