Felipe Massa has rejected media speculation that he could slide back into a test driving role at Ferrari next year.
With reports confidently predicting a race line-up of Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen for 2007, the diminishing driver market appeared unlikely to accommodate the young Brazilian in a race seat.
But Massa, 25, is quoted as saying by a German magazine that his test driving days are over.
”What I do know is that I am staying in formula one,” he told Friday’s edition of ‘Eurosport Automagazin’, ”and not as a test driver.
”But it’s still too early for a final decision. We must wait a few more races.”
Ferrari is due to announce its definitive 2007 driver line-up at Monza, scene of the grand prix immediately following next weekend’s race in Turkey.