F1 » Massa: Our situation isn't as bad as it looks...


Despite Ferrari currently appearing to be arguably only F1's fourth force behind Red Bull Racing, McLaren-Mercedes and even Lotus Renault GP, Felipe Massa is adamant that there is reason for optimism at Maranello

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Bzzzzt - Unregistered

April 15, 2011 4:55 PM

The trouble with putting your hopes on future development is that every rival that's faster than you will be developing at the same rate. Just ask Mercedes GP. Moreover, I wonder how the agreed resource restrictions will affect trying to overcome a huge defecit like Ferrari's. This isn't 2010, where they're closing on the end of the season and still in the hunt for a comeback... They're starting the season with what appears to a fundamentally slow car! They're going to need to frantically outspend McLaren and Red Bull if they want to rebuild a faster one, but is that allowable under FOTA agreements?

Rob01 - Unregistered

April 15, 2011 5:00 PM

Ferrari is working on a flexable wing. that in itself could bring them right back to the top. Don't sell this team off yet. For sure not with Alonso at the wheel. I don't like him but he is one of the top three. Newey has said it's not the flexy wing that makes the car fast though. So hopefully they are not on a boondoggle.

jimmie - Unregistered

April 15, 2011 5:07 PM

Well, depends on what he means by "as bad as it looks"...

Massa's present situation is not bad: it's hopeless. He's only a test driver for the Santander's golden boy with no one to back him up in his own team.

Oh man... and Massa is such a nice guy. I feel bad for him.
I bet he cannot wait for his contract to end with Team Santander.

Ian. - Unregistered

April 15, 2011 5:11 PM

I would say after nearly 35 years as a Ferrari supporter, it looks as bad or worse for all these years, up until Shummi and co arrived and sorted it. As it looks the numbers on next years cars will be 9 and 10.
At this rate Ferrari would be as well using the Fiat 500 Abarth, probably do just as well with the track times, OR Massa and Alonso could sit out this year and race in the Trofeo Abarth 500 GB series as they are looking for more drivers.

Bzzzzt - Unregistered

April 15, 2011 5:15 PM

This may be hopeful thinking for Felipe's health, but I don't think that his relative lack of pace to Fernando has anything to do with eyesight, morale or anything.. Rather, he's just less keen at driving a slow car by the scruff of the neck. Alonso can brute-force a car through corners, and get decent results. Felipe's best when his car is right on it, and he just needs to focus on raw speed. Compare his relative performance to teammates in his quick 2007 car, to early 2008 or last year when they were down on pace. Hopefully the Scuderia sticks with him for 2012, and can build him a quick car again!

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