F1 » Berger unsure on Massa

Gerhard Berger questions if Ferrari should retain Felipe Massa

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Redda Bulla - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 3:02 PM

He's right. You cant say he deserves it because he got 2nd...once in 2 years. Perez has had 3 podiums this year alone. But the stupid Di Montezemolo said he wasn't ready even though Perez was beating Massa reguarly. Ferrari will regret it when Perez starts getting on the podium weekend week out for Mclaren. Massa needs replacing. Unless he wins the next two races...which he wont...i would say yes he deserves it. They should sign either Kobayashi, Di Resta, or The Hulk

tdubus - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 3:32 PM

Uh... who cares what Berger thinks? He doesn't have any say or influence on the issue!
All these old drivers make me smile, still acting like we still give a damn about their views any longer.
Shows how difficult it is to be away from the limelight once you've been there.


October 09, 2012 4:05 PM
Last Edited 1297 days ago

I find myself having to agree with Berger... as usual!

I feel sorry for Massa but his performances in 2011 & 2012 have left me feeling frustrated because he still has a shot of the when Kobayshi, di Resta & Hulkenberg will probably find themselves left mid pack.

Di Resta hasn't had a strong a season as I thought he would have, he has been a bit patchy but you can definitely see speed & potential there, he has been out performed by Hulkenberg at times this year but still sits in front of him in the championship.

Kobayashi I feel is very unlucky, he has the & has qualified inside the top 10 a lot more than Perez but strategy hasn't gone his way as well as Perez & he has been caught up in a few incidents. Remember Perez's dry podiums have come from him starting outside the top 10 with an extra set of fresh tires when Koba started inside the top 10 & Perez can look after his tires better. I don't rate Perez as high as Kobayashi & feel he deserves a top drive.

JJJ - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 4:06 PM

Ferrari are just a very conservative team when it comes to drivers. They prefer to go with proven race winners or better still world champions. They can also kind of afford to as they'll happily pay the biggest salary to the drivers so no need to risk anything trying to strike gold with a younger inexperienced driver. Massa is a bit of an exception to that but then he was introduced there at a time when testing was still going on in full force so he probably made 1000s of kms in testing for them first, plus a few years at Sauber.

Bottom line: if Luca di M. was serious about Perez having to little experience, than what makes people think Di Resta and Hulkenberg stand a chance? If it's true that Hulk goes to Sauber next year though, than that may be a sign Ferrari have put him on the Massa route to potentially replace Massa for 2014. In that case I hope they retain Koba at Sauber so he can prove he is the better choice, but they'll probably go for Guttierez to keep Carlos happy. Sadly.

JJJ - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 4:21 PM

I'd like to see Massa do better or see someone else there, but there are a few things working in his favour. First of all he's been there for about a decade if you count the Sauber years, he's well liked in the team and he makes no secret of the fact that he's willing to play ball and be a 2nd driver, especially at this point. He's a known quantity for the team, had his accident there and I'm sure the team also knows that his side of the garage doesn't receive as much tender love and care as FA's, which means in a closely contested season he'll suffer. If the team didn't take that into account he'd be long gone.

2nd there's also the other side. Sure, every driver wants to drive for Ferrari, but FA will be there till the end of 2016 and will expect to be nr1. A young driver coming in now would have to play 2nd fiddle for 4 years, likely crushing his carreer. If they keep Massa on however, a new driver can be brought in with the prospect of taking over from FA after a learning year (or

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