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Montezemolo hints at Massa axe

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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has hinted that Felipe Massa's Ferrari career could be coming to an end because "I have to look to the future".

Massa's contract expires at the end of this season and, despite an upturn in form, he has had a poor year compared to Fernando Alonso and is currently 129 points behind his team-mate in the drivers' championship. Talking to CNN Montezemolo admitted that he may have to look at younger options than the 31-year-old Massa.

When asked if there was any news on the contract talks with Massa, Montezemolo replied: "Not yet.

"We will see. Not yet. For sure he has to give us good results, and Felipe has been and still is an important driver for Ferrari. We are not with a gun here to decide. We will see. I think I have to look to the future and we need two very competitive drivers. We will see."

Montezemolo also reiterated his threat that Ferrari could leave Formula One in future.

"(Ferrari could quit) when I don't think that F1 represents for us any more one of the 3 main ingredients. If Formula 1 will not be for us for research, technology and research then this could be a risk - because we are going too far in terms of aerodynamics just to make an example. Formula 1 is becoming a sort of satellite, or aeroplane aerodynamic research - I want to do car research. Or if Formula 1 is not any more an extreme technology competition - again to transfer technology around road cars. Yes, maybe we can see Formula 1 without Ferrari. I will never see Ferrari without competition and sport challenges."

Montezemolo did admit, however, that it wasn't an immediate concern.

"Today (it) is not the case. Maybe the future - it will depends on the rules, it will depend on a lot of different reasons. When I heard when we can do electric car Formula 1, this is a joke; because this is not Formula 1. This is not emotion. This is not sporting. Maybe our nephew in the future. So we have to look ahead without losing our essence."

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