F1 » Di Montezemolo: We weren’t happy with Massa

Luca di Montezemolo puts the pressure on Felipe Massa ahead of the 2012 F1 season

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Mark _

December 23, 2011 2:31 PM
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I am always amazed by these pity parties for Massa. Not too long ago many of these same people were laughing at him when Lewis took the title. This really is just a way for Ferrari haters to attack the team. Massa didn't almost die racing for Ferrari, he was racing for himself. I don't think that the accident took anything away from him. Let's be honest he is quick but really has never had that killer instinct of a true champion.

Ne0Nick - Unregistered

December 23, 2011 3:02 PM

Ferrari has always being demoralizing to their "number two" drivers. Look at the number of drivers who lost interest driving for them...
Michael/Ruben driver line-up: Supported only Michael and Ruben walked away
Kimi/Massa (2008 season): Favoured Massa over Kimi, and Kimi walked away from the sport
Alonso/Massa: Everything for Alonso and Massa has an old 2009 Ferrari javascript:insertTextCursor('comment', ':p')

I guess it is time to change the chairman instead of changing the driver. FERRARI NEEDS A REPLACEMENT FOR LDM. PERIOD

Paul - Unregistered

December 23, 2011 4:48 PM

lol @ Yamaha, re: P45 in Brazil. I agree though.

No one is saying Felipe is not a nice guy, but it takes more than that to cut it at the sharp end of the pinnacle of Motorsport. He's like a Webber or a Rubens or a Coulthard. They need that extra something to elevate them into the elite group of champion drivers, but they just haven't got it. And to use the accident as an excuse is a bit disingenuous on the part of some Ferrari haters. And then to say Ferrari has NOT been fair to him?? They held his seat open and brought in Badoer as a temporary replacement, for crying out loud!

Then there's the other funny argument...like Ferrari is the ONLY team to ever use team orders lol. Red Bull ordered Webber to hold position behind Vettel a couple of times and McLaren told Kova to let Lewis through several times. These are the facts. Ferrari are not the only culprits. Selective reasoning or what...

Angelina - Unregistered

December 23, 2011 10:39 PM

Ferrari asked Massa to pull over from lead. Redbull asked Webber to hold position. There is a difference between pulling over and holding position.
Redbull had sometimes asked Seb to hold position like in turkey 2009. He didn't cry like Webber but followed the order.

I read on james allen's blog that ferrari want Vettel for 2014. They r very serious now. So r they planning to replace Ferdi or Bianchi is just a rumor or will they follow Redbull giving some F1 exp in diff. team b4 no.2 @ Ferrari?

dcts46 - Unregistered

December 23, 2011 10:47 PM

LDM is just saying what alot of people have already said . He knows it , Massa knows it and we know it . Pre head injury Massa was very competitive , post head injury he hasn't made the grade . Alonso did a great job last season with no help (by Ferrari standards) from Massa because he was no where near his team mate . I think he's lucky to get another season to prove us all wrong !

Paul - Unregistered

December 23, 2011 11:56 PM

Angelina, stop arguing like an F1 novice! A team order is a team order is a team order. Webber being told to hold position is no less a team order than Massa being told to let the faster Fernando through. Webber's whole race strategy allowed him to be fast at the end of the race and he wanted to put pressure on Vettel for the race win - just like Button did successfully in Canada. When you apply pressure to the race leader, he can sometimes crack. But Red Bull wanted Vettel to win the race, so they neutralised Webber's strategy. He may not have bad-mouthed his team, but that doesn't mean he was happy about it! Have you also forgotten his quote from 2010 on live television...."not bad for a Number 2 driver!"

I'm not necessarily saying Red Bull were "wrong" to do it, just that Ferrari are not the only team to use team orders.

And regarding Hockenheim, not only was Fernando faster than Massa in that race, but Ferrari were going for the championship and Fernando was already about 34 or 3

Paul - Unregistered

December 24, 2011 12:01 AM

already 34 or 35 points ahead of Massa and his performances for the rest of the season vindicated their decision in that race in Hockenheim, kapish? He just missed out on the title and YES, he has proved over and over again that he IS FASTER than Massa.

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