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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Sharpracer - Unregistered

December 22, 2012 8:04 AM

After his crash in 2009, only in second half of this season Felipe looked competitive if he continues his form at least he can give Ferrari constructors title next year...


December 22, 2012 9:01 AM

Jim. and IF vettel had not had two alternator failures and a gherkin attack, he would have been wdc earlier in the season. and IF kimi had won every race, he would have been wdc, and if lulu had less pit problems... etc etc

all drivers had problems, and ferdi actually suffered fewer problems than some others. so do not get into the WOT IF game. it means ZILCH.

eoin murphy - Unregistered

December 22, 2012 10:36 AM

I agree with (objective)this guy has been wasted as a race driver with this team,how can he be motivated when he in all things must serve alonso(who i used to like but as far as i know has never thanked massa for his help,in fact if he had any class he would have swaped trophys with him in brazil)I think its too late now but if he was let race i think he could have been champion.

Petrol Head - Unregistered

December 22, 2012 1:35 PM

Massa is a much better driver than Alonso but dont expect anyone else to agree as the Ferrari Fan Boys cant see the wood for the trees!
Alonso can be a good driver but his arrogance is matched only by Ferrari!
Give Massa a good car in a good team without Alonso as No 1 driver & you would see what a good driver he is.

jim crint - Unregistered

December 22, 2012 2:41 PM

@richard - well, that's a fair point, everybody had problems and failures here and there. But, surely, the fact that Ferrari had the best reliability of any team this year and that Alonso was the most consistent driver, always there or thereabouts (with a car that was an embarrassment to Ferrari before the first race), must mean that, overall, as a team, they performed better than anyone else, given the fact that their car was never the fastest.

Alonso's victory in Malaysia was pretty stunning into book (although I have a feeling that Button would have won that race if he not had a coming together with a mobile chicane in an HRT!)

RB didn't look likely winners in the first half of the season and Mclaren were just messing up so much. Lotus looked fast but just not quite the real deal, but Ferrari just kept ticking away, grabbing points and podiums, a win here and there. I thought they were impressive in how they played what was, at the start, a bad hand!


December 22, 2012 3:14 PM

jim. not denying that ferrari was the most consistent car o the grid. but in reality it wasnt a wdc winning car. ferdi did well to get the result he did,but being objective, you would hae to say it was the third best car on the grid, so really we should have had at least two drivers ahead of him.
interesting that seb acknowledges he had a problem adapting to the new bull, and webber also says the changes were not made to suit seb. however, he made the most of what he was given. if you read my posts from start of the season, i did not tip seb for the title, i actually tipped ferdi!

Dylan - Unregistered

December 23, 2012 7:50 AM

Huge mistake by McLaren not signing Massa for 2013 if Whitmarsh was only half dumb and if McLaren wasn't after Perez money I don't see the reason for not signing Massa! Massa and Button would had been a very strong line up for 2013. Massa has the experience and pace to win races and titles Button is a team player and balanced and both drivers would push each other forward and McLaren would had the combo to win the drivers and workers championship! Perez is a blind guess while and the work will be on Button's shoulder and I don't see this working too good!

deltic23 - Unregistered

December 24, 2012 4:44 PM

I agree! 100% The world is full of racing drivers and I can only think of around 15 or 16 who are quicker than Massa. Sadly for Massa 14 are driving in F1!

Michael Fornarina - Unregistered

December 24, 2012 5:24 PM

It seems to me that Ferrari makes a decision about who will be number 1 or number 2 driver based almost SOLELY on performance -- I base these thoughts on 2007 and 2008 Seasons., Felipe Massa vs Kimi Raikkonen in '07 -- Massa had an equal chance to race Kimi even though Ferrari was paying Kimi the sun and the moon.. Rai stepped ahead on performance that season.. in 2008 it was the opposite and Massa stepped ahead as numero uno at Ferrari. I believe if Massa begins 2013 as he ended 2012 then Ferrari will not force him into number 2 spot until it becomes obvious that he is out of the wdc running and all efforts go to 'Zo again.

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