F1 » Another veiled warning to Massa?


Felipe Massa's position at Ferrari comes under scrutiny again, as Scuderia calls for a 'change of gear' ahead of Monaco Grand Prix.

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alanjonesfw07 - Unregistered

May 16, 2012 2:36 AM

A factor not to be overlooked is that the Ferrari is being designed around Alonso, not Massa. Massa is being paid to play second fiddle - and he does so per contract (like Rubens before him. Despite Ferrari's show of giving him a new chassis, etc. the real fact is that it does not suit him. Massa is simply driving driving around to fulfill his contract and is not motivated at all. Right now, all the cars are hugely impacted by track temperature changes, tire wear. Having a little traffic or going out to qualify in changeable conditions can have a huge impact. Massa's strategists need to do better. But in the end, Massa's situation is largely a result of the Alonso factor in the team and probably also his accident. He did well with Kimi in the team because the car was relatively better and Kimi not gelling with the team.

Undapakru - Unregistered

May 16, 2012 4:43 AM

@Richard - Don't think Massa got into ferrari completely on merit! He was with Sauber and was managed by Todt's son. So that worked out well in his favor!

Like most Brazilian drivers, Massa is also a gem of a character! But Luca, throwing all the money out for championships and not popularity contests!

Gweed - Unregistered

May 16, 2012 6:22 AM

Alot of people claim his accident meant the end of his good form. I don't think so, what really got him were the teamorders at hockenheim, he was on his way to win that GP, ever since his morale has been gone, shame. Should move to another team so he can rediscover himself

Manxie - Unregistered

May 16, 2012 8:52 AM

I think NO one lucks into any WDC. A WDC consists of at least 18 races per season and to "luck-into" the title you will have to be there or there abouts ALL season long.
The bulk of the work to gain championship points is done over the 9 months and sometimes (if we are lucky) it goes down to the wire like it did with FM, LH, KR and FA.
Massa was in the hunt because he earned those points back in 2007 only to loose it at the last race.

OMHO :)

Lee - Unregistered

May 17, 2012 7:50 AM

I think they should give Di Resta a go in the Ferrari or one of the Sauber drivers. Massa should leave Ferrari before the get rid of him first. They did it with Kimi they will do it with Massa too they have no respect for their drivers unless they are winning whether its the car or not. Massa should make the first move though coz if Ferrari do it will only make him look worse.

Bzzzzt - Unregistered

May 18, 2012 6:16 AM

Felipe's lovable, and it's so easily to apologize for him. Unfortunately, he just isn't the driver he was when he just missed that WDC in '08. Nobody remembers that he was the #2 driver that year too but it just didn't matter, because he had the fire and the speed to EARN priority status.

I miss that Felipe, and clearly so does Ferrari. Time to move on.

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