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Massa in no rush for Ferrari deal despite Kubica link

Chinese Grand Prix
Venue: Shanghai Date: Sunday 18 April Start: 0800 BST Coverage: Live on BBC One, Red Button, Radio 5 live, online and mobiles
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Felipe Massa

Massa content with Ferrari progress

By Sarah Holt
BBC Sport in Shanghai

Felipe Massa has said he is in no rush to sign a new contract with Ferrari, despite speculation linking Robert Kubica to the Maranello-based team.

Kubica has enjoyed a strong start to the season with Renault, prompting fresh interest from the Italians.

Massa is in the final year of his Ferrari contract but is content to bide his time as negotiations towards a possible new three-year deal continue.

"I am very happy with my condition and the way we are working," he said.

"Even before my accident last year, some talks started over a new contract and the talks have started again."

Massa leads the standings by two points from Fernando Alonso but was beaten by the Spaniard as he won the first race of the 2010 and has been slower than his team-mate in the last two races.

The Brazilian has been associated with Ferrari since 2003, testing for the team at first before joining them from Sauber three years later, partnering Michael Schumacher in the German's final season.

Massa suffered a serious injury during the Hungarian Grand Prix last year when a spring that had fallen off Rubens Barrichello's Brawn GP car struck his helmet, forcing him to sit out the latter stages of the 2009 championship, and is well thought of within the team.

Up to now, the rumours have only been rumours. It's too early to discuss.

Robert Kubica

He was perceived to be their number one driver ahead of Kimi Raikkonen last year after losing out on the 2008 world title to Lewis Hamilton by a single point - even though Raikkonen had won the 2007 crown.

Now Massa says he is focused purely on racing and not where his future lies as he looks to win his first drivers' title.

"I'm not really in a rush to do that [sign a new contract]," he added.

"I'm in a rush to do better racing and to fight for the championship - that is more on my mind and the contract is something that I'm not in the rush for at the moment."

Kubica, meanwhile, refused to discuss the reports linking him with a seat at Ferrari next year and said he is happy at Renault.

The 25-year-old is good friends with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and is currently seventh in the drivers' championship - just nine points behind Massa.

Robert Kubica
Kubica finished second at the Australian Grand Prix earlier this year

"There were rumours last year about Ferrari and rumours this year," Kubica said ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

"We will see. Up to now, the rumours have only been rumours. It's too early to discuss. I don't think for any seconds or any minutes about next year.

"I'm happy, everybody seems quite happy with what we're doing.

"There are still things to solve and I hope we will solve them as quick as we can. It is not easy, but at least we are trying and that's important."



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Ferrari play down engine concerns
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Massa plays down title advantage
04 Apr 10 |  Formula 1
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04 Jan 10 |  Formula 1
Felipe Massa profile
14 Mar 11 |  Drivers & Teams
Robert Kubica profile
19 Nov 10 |  Drivers & Teams


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