Felipe Massa is a very talented driver. He narrowly missed out on the 2008 World Championship thanks to Lewis Hamiltons last lap, final corner overtake. There was a very good reason for Ferrari to sign him up and that is his skill set. In 2009 he suffered a life threatening accident involving a spring hitting his head at ferocious speed. After he recovered and returned to the sport his past form was absent and as a result Ferrari have seriously considered replacing him. Today, however, the Italian team announce they have extended the Brazilian drivers contract for the 2013 season.
Over the past few races Felipe has had strong finishes within races, something of a return to form. Ferrari, understandably, wanted to make absolutely sure that this level could be maintained before singing him for another year. It would appear that this is all part of the prancing horses plan in preparation for the mooted arrival of Vettel in 2014. This one year contract would leave Massa out in the cold after next year, but for now at least, his drive is safe.