F1 » Zanardi throws new name into Massa debate

Former F1 pilot Alex Zanardi offers a new, and unexpected, twist on who should replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari for 2013 and beyond.

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buck bundy - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 9:54 AM

Fisichella and Diresta did DTM between F3 and F1, so its not an entirely new way in. Albers came via DTM as well, but perhaps that's not such a good example.

Going back a bit further, Jan Magnussen did DTM before F1 and I remember seeing Montoya at Silverstone subbing for Magnussen in 1996 while he was doing a full F3000 season.


August 30, 2012 10:33 AM

first of all, i would like to wish alex all the best in the para olympics, even though i think ALL the competitors deserve a medal!

secondly, motara has shone, sort of, but does not seem to deserve a ferrari drive any more than those who have beaten him. dtm is a great series, but transfer between dtm and f1 has not so far been successful. any f1 driver going to dtm has struggled. dc is usually at the back with susie, as is ralfy, although ralf is slowly improving. the dtm driver, who seems to deserve an f1 test, is the canadian, bruno spengler.

Dylan - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 12:01 PM

DTM is a dead end unless you fall into grace with a team in F1 who is willing to give you few years to grow as a driver. Unless that happens no DTM driver will be in F1 for merits alone.
I would like to see Razia having a chance with Ferrari he seems to be very similar to Alonso at a younger age.

David Chaste - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 1:09 PM

After all the time Ferrari have spent coaching Perez and teaching him the technical aspect of F1 so he could properly setup a car...Why go for someone else?

Perez is ready. He also has a huge sponsor behind him, He has a great attitude, he is fast. Well mannered, and did I mention he brings money?

Dylan - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 2:35 PM

@David sorry but Perez has one huge flaw which many in the paddock have been saying for a while i.e. don't pressure him. Unfortunately that's as a flaw as not being a fast driver for a team like Ferrari, because there's pressure all the time for everything. Perez needs to overcome this weakness of his after if someday things of joining Ferrari he got the podium many were expecting other great results from him and he suddenly disappeared. Sauber himself has said Perez must be given a good and calm approach and not put exceptions on his shoulders and then he will perform greatly.

herowassenna - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 3:14 PM

Is it just me?
Since when does Ferrari, the most famous car manufacturer/ racing team on the planet need to take on a pay driver?
with Santander and the "silent" sponsor Marlboro, coupled to their incredible merchandising sales, why would they need Perez for anything but talent?

SHAKEN - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 3:32 PM

Alex had a hugely successful careen in IndyCar /CART until that dreadful accident on the German Speedway. What he is doing now is nothing short of extraordinary. Good luck to Alex. However, it ends here- as far as F1 goes. Ferrari is all about the No 1 driver, and at present that is Alonso. The other driver (whoever it is and whoever it will be) is just in a supporting role, i.e the No 2 driver. The team is built around No1 (Alonso at present) so whatever driver replaces Massa will basically be taking on a poisoned chalice. It doesn't matter who that driver is.

jose - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 3:58 PM

Mr. Zanardi ..
About Any DTM driver I have no comment..(see Richard)
I still say that Massa has not lost his MoJo. His position on team dictate
his performance.. Race test driver he .. The second half has arrived
Alonzo will need help, I expect that Massa will get a car that is very
competitive now. Why replace Massa ? He has accepted the #2 driver
position, my opinion he is doing a good job, testing...Ferrari has played
this game many, many times with good results, no need change.
Why point the nasty finger at Felipe?

Badman, Jose

Fletcher - Unregistered

August 30, 2012 4:52 PM

Perez already outshone Mortara when they were teammates in GP2 with Arden Motorsport. Perez is ready for Ferrari but he will play support driver to Alonso and I think Perez doesn't want that or if he accepts he will find it frustrating but that's the reality of a No 2 driver in that team.

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