Felipe Massa's Future: What's Next for Ferrari's No. 2 Driver

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Felipe Massa's Future: What's Next for Ferrari's No. 2 Driver
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Ferrari No. 2 Driver Felipe Massa may have raced himself out of a job with his poor showing at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday. Massa finished a disappointing 15th while teammate Fernando Alonso stole the show with a victory in Sepang driving the same car.

Massa's career has been on a downward path since finishing in second, one point shy of the championship, in 2008. The accident in Hungary in 2009 and the switch to Pirelli are two possible causes for the turn in fortunes for Massa.

The Italian team have been unimpressed with Massa's start to the season, and with Ferrari having an unusually poor car this season, they may look to make a switch sooner rather than later in order to be better prepared for 2013.

The No. 2 driver at Ferrari will always be a thankless position; ask Rubens Barichello about the baggage that comes along with it. A change of scenery might be best for all parties involved.

Here are three possible scenarios for Massa.

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