Massa to stay at Ferrari until 2010

Ferrari has extended its contract with Felipe Massa for a further two Formula One seasons.

The two-year extension means the Brazilian will drive for the Italian team until the end of the 2012 season.

Massa has raced for Ferrari since 2006 and has secured 11 grand prix wins and 30 podium finishes for the team. In 2008, he lost the world championship to Lewis Hamilton by a single point.

In a statement released by Ferrari, the 29-year-old said: "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."

Last year he was involved in a near-fatal crash at the Hungarian Grand Prix, but returned to action this year and is currently seventh in the drivers' standings.

Massa, who signed for Ferrari in 2001 before being farmed out for two stints at Sauber, had been widely expected to leave the Scuderia at the end of the season, with Renault's Robert Kubica in the frame to take his seat.

However Ferrari have now set out their stall for the next two years, with Massa's team-mate Fernando Alonso already under contract until 2012.

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