Felipe Massa said on Thursday he was confident he would keep his seat with Ferrari next year despite widespread speculation that he would be replaced by one of the Force India drivers.Â Â
Both German Nico Hulkenberg and Briton Paul di Resta have been linked to his seat alongside two-time champion and current series leader Spaniard Fernando Alonso.Â Â
On the eve of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, Massa stayed upbeat about his future and his recently improved form.Â But the Brazilian remains 143 points adrift of team-mate Alonso and has yet to deliver a podium finish this season.Â Â
Asked if there had been a decision taken on his future, he said: "I think nothing at the moment, but I am pretty confident that things will be okay..." Â
He added: "I think, as I said, I am pretty confident that things are going in the right direction. Â
"Sergio (Perez) has been doing a good job this year so I think he has shown his performance and I am happy that he can sign for a big team as well.Â Â
"Let's concentrate to have a good result and we will see. Until things are signed, better to not talk too much and concentrate on the job and that is the right direction.Â Â
"I hope we can have a good race here, and a good end to the championship -- that is important for me, the team, everybody."
With six races remaining, Massa can still play a key role for Ferrari in both the drivers' and the constructors' championships.