Felipe Massa insists that he still has a chance of holding onto his Ferrari seat beyond 2006.
With Valentino Rossi set to remain in MotoGP, the Brazilian youngster expressed relief that at least one obstacle to a ride next year has now faded.
”The possibility to stay is there and we hope to stay at Ferrari for several years,” he told reporters at Monaco.
Massa’s comments indicate that, despite his one-year contract and strong speculation of a Michael Schumacher-Kimi Raikkonen lineup, the true situation is still unclear.
The 24-year-old, however, said Rossi’s spectre had never really bothered him.
Massa said: ”There is a big leap between doing tests and becoming a regular Ferrari race driver.
”It was never a nightmare for me.”
Juan Pablo Montoya, meanwhile, backed up the view that McLaren teammate Raikkonen’s future is similarly undefined by suggesting that the second silver seat is still up for grabs.
”I don’t know (what’s going to happen),” the Colombian said at Monaco, ”probably Kimi doesn’t know, probably nobody knows at the moment.”