F1 » Massa told to 'stay calm' and 'improve his consistency'

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali admits he expects a better second half of F1 2011 from Felipe Massa, as the Scuderia evaluates its future driver line-up - one that likely will not feature the Brazilian...

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August 09, 2011 1:08 PM

I think Massa should leave Ferrari and go somewhere else he just doesn't seem happy there anymore... loosing the title in 08 was a massive blow, then the accident in 09 must have put a bit of fear into him and then been told to move over for Fernando at Germany last year would have taken a lot of confidence out of him... it's a shame because he's a great driver but Ferrari is slowly sapping the soul out of him... he's a better driver than what he's showing atm... remember 2008.

jess - Unregistered

August 09, 2011 1:57 PM

Under equal treatment he is doing poorly compared to Alonso, if he suffer from the incident, then that's respectful but if he still have his head around Germany 2010, then he is way to weak mentally wise to be at Ferrari.

Ferrari employed team orders for a reason, and they were right, if Felipe can't accept that, then is time to move on or stay in Ferrari and prove that he is as good as Alonso, so far he is not. 2008 was an expection for Massa, anyone judging Massa for his 2008 perfomance is lying to himself, exception is not equal to norm.

Bystander - Unregistered

August 09, 2011 3:08 PM

I've always backed Massa but what he said after Hungary about being scared his car was damaged after his spin really worried me. If you're a racing driver, you just can't think like that. I know Hungary is where he had his big accident but still, Schumacher won in Britain and Kubica won in Canada after their respective crashes.

Germany 2010 must've been demoralising but he was slowing Alonso up - he was only ahead due to Vettel blocking Alonso at the start. I do believe if Felipe was achieving similar results to Fernando he wouldn't be so clear a No2. But after the last year and a half of course Ferrari will focus on Fernando and no doubt build their car based on his needs...

Zero - Unregistered

August 09, 2011 9:56 PM

Improve his consistency? Massa's consistency is very good, he consistently finishes 4 - 5 positions behind Alsonso. It's his speed and racecraft that need improving. Although judging by the way he jumped out of Alonso's way at the last race he obviously 'understands the message.'

Paddles - Unregistered

August 09, 2011 11:04 PM

I think Zero's nailed it in one, FM is consistently uncompetitive in a very competitive car. He should probably have called it a day after his accident. His confidence seems shot in a sport where you need 150% confidence. Maybe tintop racing in nascar or v8 supercar would suit him better.

christy - Unregistered

August 10, 2011 1:21 AM

i think massa career is running short sooner or later...ferrari is just doing all they can to help him and possible to win races...but the question is?..has the car built to his perference?..so far i only heard ferrari has built a car for FA perference and specifications...but what about massa?..i think ferrari is using massa car for test and the use results to ungrade FA car..otherwise why FA car is a lot faster..and winnable at races and massa is in slump..its possible..

Gopherus Agassiziip - Unregistered

August 10, 2011 4:55 AM

I love Massa, but he needs to move on and replace Trulli at Lotus and give Kubica a chance at Ferrari. And Trulli needs to move on and replace Lauda in the commentator's booth, while Lauda replaces Mosely in the basement with those lovely ladies. Massa just needs to make the first move and all will be well.

Paddles - Unregistered

August 10, 2011 5:31 AM

@crumpets, you've gotta be overconfident to be a world champion or another easier way of looking at it is that you've gotta be at least two thirds as good as you think you are.

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