Ferrari retain Massa as Vettel talk persists

FERRARI have become the last top-five team to finalise their driver line-up for next season after

Felipe Massa signed a one-year contract extension.

The 31-year-old’s deal is a reward for his recent upturn in form, which has seen him recover from a slow start to earn points in seven of the last eight races.

Massa’s much-anticipated signature will only heighten speculation that he is keeping a seat warm until Sebastian Vettel moves from Red Bull at the end of 2013. Fernando Alonso’s contract with Ferrari runs until 2016.

McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes have already confirmed their 2013 line-ups, with Lotus seemingly certain to retain Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.