Mar.20 (GMM) Felipe Massa on Thursday hit out at rumours that Ferrari is looking to replace him for 2009 with rising German youngster Sebastian Vettel.
A correspondent for the Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport in Malaysia asked Massa, the 26-year-old Brazilian, if he had heard paddock gossip that his seat may be under threat beyond the end of this season.Some other commentators suggest that the recent departure from Ferrari of Jean Todt weakens Massa's position at the team, as he is managed by the Frenchman's son Nicolas."I have a three year contract, so I am very comfortable in the team," he said at Sepang.Massa explained that, even despite Ferrari's abysmal showing in Melbourne, featuring multiple driver errors, the Italian outfit is not responding by threatening the status of team members."So everybody is happy with the drivers, everybody is happy with the team itself and I have a three year contract if you don't remember," he added.20-year-old Vettel, currently a driver for the Ferrari-powered Toro Rosso team, also would not be drawn on the rumours."I think Felipe was quite clear on what he said," the German responded in Malaysia.