F1 » F1 Driver of the Year vote: 9th


You voted Felipe Massa into 9th place in Crash.net's F1 Driver of the Year poll!

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Bfdsddfs - Unregistered

December 23, 2012 3:31 PM

If he scored 100 points in the 1st half of the season & 20 points in the 2nd half, would he have got 9th in the vote? I don't think so, most voters only have recent memories.

I am NOT disrespecting Felipe by any means, he was very good in the 2nd half of the season and I wish to see him in the same form for the whole of next year. I was just asking that earlier question, that is all.

Yernar - Unregistered

December 23, 2012 3:41 PM

It's good that he is among the top ten in 2012 season. He really did well overcoming so much pressure and finally rising up to the top group again.

Josh - Unregistered

December 24, 2012 5:16 AM

Picked up his pace in the final four or five races, but it was nowhere to be seen for the previous 15. I'm surprised someone who had such a shocking season (comparatively) managed to get into the top 10.

atx2012 - Unregistered

December 24, 2012 11:19 AM

I have an hypothesis about Felipe's season. When the car wasn't up to Ferrari's liking early in the season they decided to use Felipe for "in season testing" during the races. As the car Felipe developed got better, so did his results. And at the end of the season, the car he had developed suited him better than it did Alonso, thereby explaining how he was outperforming Alonso the last few races. Just a thought...

Josh - Unregistered

December 24, 2012 1:33 PM

@atx2012

If that were true, at some point in the season Alonso would've spoken up and the development path would've been shifted to build a car more suited to his style. Ferrari wouldn't actively design the car 'away' from Alonso's comforts. That's completely counterproductive.

rob01

December 24, 2012 2:22 PM

Yes, Massa was doing the donkey work to start the year. Always happens when you build and Unbeatable Structure. I only disagree with one thing you said. Massa was testing pieces to help Alonso. And Massa got the better of him with those pieces to end the year.

atx2012 - Unregistered

December 24, 2012 6:45 PM

@josh
I wasn't trying to say that this was Felipe's or Ferrari's intent. Just a natural outgrowth of the primary testing being done by Felipe. Obviously the changes were beneficial in improving the car for Fernando and as it wasn't until the last few races that Felipe seemed to have the better of Fernando I suspect there was no time to speak up or make additional changes at that point. Given that the differences between 2 drivers on the same team are often in the range of a few tenths or hundredths of a second, I would not be surprised that very subtle changes in feel would make a difference in relative performance.

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