F1 » Strong Spa showing boosts Massa's hopes for 2013


Felipe Massa hopes a strong performance at Spa, where he finished in fifth after team mate Fernando Alonso was wiped out at the first corner, will boost his chances of a new contract at Ferrari.

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Priaulx2

September 03, 2012 12:46 PM

There is absolutely no way he should be kept on. Since when does finishing 5th for Ferrari 'change anything' regarding a drivers future? If he were a championship challenging driver which everyone driving for maranello should be that would have been a solid, non-catostrophic result and all he would've been talking about was producing a better result for the next race. Instead it was a 'great race' and 'good result'.

I understand that taken in isolation a 14th to 5th drive sounds quite good but that represents his second best result of the season. The fact remains though that this is a season in which his teammate has won more races than any other driver and is top of the standings with 164 points while Felipe has only 35. Felipes not even taken a podium in the Ferrari (Alonso has 6) whereas Williams have won this season and Sauber have multiple podiums. Even Hulk in the Force India has equalled Massas best result and is only 4 points behind him in the standings.

If Ferrari have any a

Priaulx2

September 03, 2012 12:47 PM

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If Ferrari have any ambition of winning the constructors title he must go. I understand they have a very close relationship with him and have had many ups and downs but the bad results has gone on too long now. Felipe has proven to be a very quick driver in his day but post accident he looks to have lost his edge but he can still retire with his head held high or perhaps secure a mid grid drive if that is his wish. I'd like to see Perez in the Fezza and Massa has historical ties with Sauber so that swap may be perfect.

Ranger - Unregistered

September 03, 2012 2:20 PM

Strong performance??? What rubbish! Sure he finished 5th, but look at the number of faster cars that were eliminated or damaged in that first lap crash. Right off the bat that's 6 places gained. Add to that Schumacher had gearbox issues and Rosberg started back in 23rd position. Massa finished behind Hulkenberg in the Force India for crying out loud.

1Jez

September 03, 2012 5:26 PM

@Priaulx2 - indeed. This changes nothing. To keep his seat he will need multiple wins between now and season's end. For comparitive purposes, here are his results vs his team mate in the same car -

Massa - 4 podiums since start of 2010, last podium was 3rd, 33 races ago (Korea 2010).
Alonso - 25 podiums since start of 2010 including nine wins.

Massa - 153 points in 2011 and 2012 so far.
Alonso - 421 points in same time. Nearly three times the points scored.

This is all in the same equipment. I mean, come on...

qbasiz - Unregistered

September 04, 2012 9:39 AM

He should just finish the season supporting alonso en then move on to indycars. I dont think even caterham will take him because he's not really a criver that can help develop a car. He needs to be told what to do all the time, such a shame because he was really fast and allmost wdc. Ah well would have been couldve been, time to move on..

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