F1 » Kovalainen closer as Briatore backs Massa?

Heikki Kovalainen may have moved to the head of the queue to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari next season.

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Fj - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 1:55 PM

Dream on Heikki you already had a drive at two top teams and did nothing with the oppurtunity. If you were any good you would still be at Mclaren or Renault

Dylan - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 3:22 PM

Ferrari's problem isn't a week teammate it's the fact Alonso doesn't want his teammate to challenge him he wants a teammate to support him. Now Briatore might be having some conscious problem for supporting Massa after all he told Alonso he would have little fuel and pit in lap 10 and told Piquet Jr. to kiss the wall while Massa was cruising to a easy win and we all know what happened!

Mark _

September 17, 2012 3:59 PM

@Dylan - you make it seem like it is unusual for a driver to not want to be challenged by his teammate. Isn't that every drivers dream, to have a teammate that will support him?


September 17, 2012 6:20 PM

Ferrari don't have a problem, the driver's title is far more prestigious than the constructor's. Why mess with what looks like a winning formula, particularly when Massa's form is on the upturn. He isn't the driver he used to be, but perhaps that is to Ferrari's advantage.

Mark _

September 17, 2012 7:55 PM

@Tom - was it meant to help Alonso or the team? Renault was desperate for a win for the very survival of the team. Pat Symonds also played a huge role in that mess and may have even masterminded the strategy to pull it off yet he is rarely criticised for it.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 8:27 PM

Symonds was the strategist (and probably came with the idea in the first place) not Briatore but as the team director he went for it.

This whole story is incredibly ironic since indeed the Renault F1 Team management resorted to those desperate measures to keep the parent Renault company interested.

Carlos Ghosn isn't an F1 enthusiast to say the least and always kept the team guessing about the marque's involvement in the sport. An attitude that cost them the first departure of Alonso and the Crashgate affair with the ultimate withdrawal of Renault as a result...

So the irony of the Crashgate is that in the end, the management lost their job and the team went to shambles...All of this despite a legitimate win at Fuji just after Singapore !

C'est la vie...

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