F1 » Montezemolo: Few drivers as quick as Massa

Luca di Montezemolo has said that Ferrari was right to keep Felipe Massa for 2013, despite the Brazilian's slow start to the season.

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nick - Unregistered

December 21, 2012 7:05 PM

massa as improved this season .ferrari are holding him back because alonso throws the teddys out the pram if massa is in front of him.but i think schumacher would of been a better bet for 2013..only problem was schumi wanted equal status to alonso...woops there goes the teddys...

fury head quarter - Unregistered

December 21, 2012 9:50 PM

So he confirms that Massa vastly underperformed, making Alonso look much better than he is !

Indeed didnt Alonso win the second race in the so called Ferrari truck. Yeah right. Why couldnt he beat Massa in the second part of the season then when the car was getting better and better ? No to mention he didnt win a race at all in the second part of the year.

Alonso hype is all Ferrari propaganda to take the pressure of him and them too to a lesser extent. You see he is always outdriving his equipment by 20 %, thats why he is always driving at 120 % ! Its not enough he doesnt have to bother about his teammate in any of the 20 races because that teammate has to testdrive rather than race.

I wonder what a driver with a more competitive nature like Vettel or Hamilton could have done with all the priveliges that come with being Ferraris number 1 driver ?
Maybe Ferrari champs in 2012 ?

JohnO - Unregistered

December 21, 2012 11:59 PM

"Fernando had an extraordinary season, the best since he has been in F1"

He had an extraordinarily lucky season. He had fewer overtakes than any of the other top drivers, but was in contention for the title until the end thanks to bad luck hitting his competitors.

What are the odds that Alonso's two strongest opponents in 2013 will both be hit with freakish fuel penalties forcing them to start last? That they will suffer multiple mechanical failures? Somewhere between slim and none. Alonso had a perfectly normal Alonso season, characterized by consistency but not great speed.

jim crint - Unregistered

December 22, 2012 5:55 AM

Are people still peddling that nonsense about Glock letting Hamilton by to win the WDC in 2007? It was raining, Glock was on slicks, if he'd have stopped for wet rubber when everyone else did, he would have been behind Hamilton anyway. He took a gamble, it didn't pay off, end of!

Having said that, Massa was, in my view, a much worthier WC that year. He had more reliability issues, more race wins, and he was having to race Kimi Raikkonen in the same team (the 2007 WDC whom he comprehensively beat that year, 6-2 on race wins, 97-75 on old points, something the Massa bashers and the Kimi fanboys choose not to remember).

When Lewis won I jumped around the place like everybody else, and was cheering him as loud as anyone, but he chose the wrong strategy in being conservative, maybe even going against his own nature by trying to play it safe, and very nearly lost it! As exciting as it was, it was not a glorious victory!

jim crint - Unregistered

December 22, 2012 6:05 AM

@JohnO - Alonso had fewer overtakes because his starts were so good he was (nearly) always near the front. Alonso had a great season, probably his best in F1, and was a much more deserving WC in my opinion.

As for luck, remember Spa and Suzuka? When he got taken out at the start both times?

When Vettel turned in on Senna and then got hit and spun round by the same driver only to be able to continue to the end of the race with no real damage...now that's what I call luck!

jim crint - Unregistered

December 22, 2012 6:15 AM

@JohnO -

Alonso "... had an extraordinarily lucky season. He had fewer overtakes than any of the other top drivers, but was in contention for the title until the end thanks to bad luck hitting his competitors."

What are you saying? Alonso "was in contention for the title until the end THANKS to bad luck hitting his competitors."?

A) he didn't "hit his competitors", they hit him (he was in front of both Grosjean and Raikkonen!) and B) if he hadn't have been hit and taken out of those two races, he would have gone into the final race with something like a 20 to 30 point lead and would have been this years WDC!


December 22, 2012 6:50 AM

Massa is one of the best at the start, and he can drive with the best as he showed this past season. I look forward to next year, maybe Ferrari can give him a competitive car. Alonso wasn't the only one driving a truck last year.

mjgroves89 - Unregistered

December 22, 2012 7:29 AM

Tifosi - before you go making ridiculous conspiracy theories about.hanoltkns title win let me make a suggestion.

Go get yourself a single seater drive, or frankly go get in a Superkart that'll do.

Race in similar conditions.

You'll soon find that even when the rain.starts hard slicks will still do ok until the rain reduces tyre temperature to a certain point. Once you've reached the point of no return, you can lose massive amounts of time because cold slicks in wet are ten times worse than when.these pirellis fall off the cliff.

Maybe if more people had racing experience they might make less rash statements like that

Hamster - Unregistered

December 22, 2012 7:45 AM

Vettel won the title because of Ferrari stupid tactics... Vettel found himself at the back of the grid but because Massa backed Webber and the whole field up, lap by lap, corner after corner and at each straight Vettel passed a car and found himself in the points within a matter of 10 laps after the start.

Hamster - Unregistered

December 22, 2012 7:55 AM

As for luck, remember Spa and Suzuka? When he got taken out at the start both times?

He tried to squeeze Kimi unto the grass expecting Kimi to Back off because wanted to go round the outside and because Kimi didnt back out Alonso's tyres were ripped, now going back to Monaco at the start When Alonso squeezed Grosjaen into Schummy that started the carnage but everyone ignored Alonso's part in that race

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