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Massa could retire from F1

Felipe Massa revealed one huge revelation in a recent interview and one less surprising announcement.

Speaking ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, the last event before Formula One's summer break, the Ferrari driver spoke about his imminent future with Ferrari and the 2012 Formula One World Championship and his longer term aspirations in F1.

The Brazilian driver has been the subject of a lot of media talk throughout the season, with many believing he is set to leave Ferrari at the end of the season.

The worlds media previously linked Red Bull driver Mark Webber to the seat before the Australian signed a contract extension at Red Bull. The press have also enjoyed the angle of linking Lewis Hamilton with a move to work alongside former team-mate and rival Fernando Alonso, but the most likely move has always been Sauber driver Sergio Perez.

The chances of Felipe Massa being given the chance to extend his stay with Ferrari has virtually been written off all year, so if he does leave Ferrari what options are available to him?

'What I want is to stay in F1, but I want to stay in F1 with a possibility to race, not just to participate, I'm interested in racing. I think if for whatever reason I don't have the chance to stay at Ferrari I will try to find a direction to race. he told Autosport Magazine.

'If I don't find a direction to race, because it's maybe only smalls teams available, then I'm not interested.'

With Red Bull already confirming their driver line-up, McLaren probably set to continue with Lewis Hamilton alongside Jenson Button and Mercedes unlikely to consider Massa, options are limited for the Brazilian to remain in F1.

So what about the remainder of this season? He has had a little resurgence in form since the Monaco Grand Prix, so what hopes does Massa hold for what could potentially be his final season in F1?

'I have no chance in the championship. I'm completely out of the fight for the championship and Fernando in in front with a good margin.

'There are many races to go but the margin is good and I will do the best I can do be in front all the time, to try to win all the time, but also to try to help Fernando as best as I can to win the championship.'

Now those final comments really are a revelation, considering Massa is currently placed 14th in the F1 standings, 131 points behind his team-mate Fernando Alonso.

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Date:Friday July 27 2012

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