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Gerhard Berger questions if Ferrari should retain Felipe Massa

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Bzzzzt - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 5:05 PM

Poor Felipe. He's a likable driver, and showed flashes of brilliance before losing out to Hamilton in 2008. So we KNOW he can be fast, but it's just been far too long since he's shown it. I'm sure that it's intensely frustrating for him to know that as well, and then go race after race (season after season) with no real results compared to his teammate.

As a Scuderia fan, I'll be disappointed to see him re-signed, because it's not at all in the best interests for future WCCs (he's killing the team if Fernando could clear the field by 30 points at mid-season but Ferrari was lying 3rd overall), but purely from a fan's point of view, I'll be glad to hear that he's got a good ride. The poor guy's had a rough career, and Ferrari should look after him.

1Jez

October 09, 2012 5:13 PM

I'm sick of this endless speculation on Massa's seat from people outside of the team. From now on, only Ferrari decision maker's comments on this matter should be published in the press.

blublz

October 09, 2012 5:46 PM

Felipe has gone from being an equal under Jean Todt when the team signed Raikkonen, to number one when Todt left, and now number two since Alonso, Stefano is nice guy, but. . .Todt wasnt too bothered about being popular or one of the boys, he just made decisions in the interest of the team. I also read he refused to sign Alonso on the principle that he had a gentlemans agreement with Campos (Alonsos manager), then next time he contacted Campos about the driver, he found Flavio holding Fernando's contract.

P_Dizzle - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 6:23 PM

If the rumors of aggressively going after Vettel or even already having a pre-contract for 2014 are true then it makes sense to resign Massa for another year. They probably thought about signing Perez but what do you do if Perez turns out to be a challenger? Let him learn how to fight at the front and prepare him in your car just to ship him elsewhere? I think they really just need a stop gap til 2014 and Massa is the best choice. I don't think Kobayashi or Hulk are gonna step in and do much better of a job.

Amigo - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 6:54 PM

I don't get it what secondhand peoples want to involve in current generation career.
This is decision of his team and not by outsiders.
If he still partly own Toro Roso and then he should speak for his team. Otherwise shut up!
I have no respect for such as self important person.

Taipan

October 09, 2012 8:33 PM

Firstly, I'm a big fan of Felipe as a person, a more honest, sporting, humble guy you will not meet on an F1 grid.
On his day he's also a hell of a driver, 2008 beat Kimi in the same car and out drove Lulu who had a better car.

His last couple of years have been crap to be honest, could be as a result of his accident or maybe it's the Alonso effect, I don't know.
But he has shown real improvement in the last 7 races, the only drivers that have out scored him in that time are Alonso, Vettel, Raikkonen, Button and Hamilton, he now looks good to finish 7th in the championship, considering his first 8 races thats not bad.
Felipe has his mojo back and he is a great Ferrari servant, he deserves another year at least.

gene - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 11:57 PM

I think he still deserve another chance. As you can see in the past races that he's capable of winning. But I'll say this to Massa. Why try now? Why not in the beginning of the season? Why you think that Ferrari is not serious about replacing you? You think Fernando can do everything? Come on your team needs you right now!!

walrus909

October 10, 2012 1:09 AM

Is this BS or is Crash on holiday:
British broadcaster BBC reports with confidence that, with his return to the podium at Suzuka following a two-year drought, Felipe Massa could have his new contract to stay at Ferrari confirmed "before" this weekend's Korean Grand Prix.

"Nico Hulkenberg will go to Sauber for at least two years," veteran correspondent Roger Benoit reports from Japan.

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