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Felipe Massa says he remains calm about his F1 future and insists he is more than up to the job at Ferrari

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lDylan

June 13, 2013 11:07 AM

elijah what's the point of hiring Hulkenberg and watering him down? That's exactly what Ferrari has done to Massa since Alonso joined the team. We all know Massa is capable of much more than what he's doing but that's not what Ferrari wants they want a driver to play second to Alonso even if that means watering him down. Ofcourse financially for whoever joins as numero dois it's great but as it is now I think Ferrari is more than happy.

elijah

June 13, 2013 11:31 AM
Last Edited 407 days ago

IDylan, Massa is a lot more marketable now than he was last year, and being in his 30s, a move to another team would allow him to lead or drive it forward. I don't think Hulkenberg would allow himself to be watered down, because he has not had that confidence knock which Massa suffered after his accident. I would love to see what Hulkenberg would do in a good car, he deserves a break.

thelogicalview

June 13, 2013 11:35 AM

He really has to up his performance as he is still not back to the form he showed before his accident. Ferrari need points on the board every race if they are going to catch Redbull not a driver who keeps crashing through his own fault. Massa is a hugely experienced driver and should not keep having accidents of his volition.

richard

June 13, 2013 11:41 AM

logical. massa is just about back to his previous form. he has been matching ferdi very closely, and even beating him before being reigned in. he seems happy enough. and as for keeping having accidents of his vollition...?????? two in Monaco (suspension) and one in Canada (his own fault) I wouldn't call that as "keeps having accidents". there are certainly more accident prone drivers on the grid

EdOz

June 13, 2013 1:02 PM
Last Edited 407 days ago

Ferrari would be crazy not to sign him up for at least another year. He has shown over the last 7-8 races that he's 95% back to his old form and as has been mentioned here, he has even given Alonso a run for his money.

If he didn't have to play a support role to the Spaniard I'd bet he'd be even higher on the stands but the fact is that's what he's there for and both him and Ferrari know that.

If he leaves the team, there's a good chance he'll find a seat (maybe even as a #1 driver) on another outfit. And with the new regulations being implemented next year, who knows what the team to be will be? If I'm Felipe, I'd give that thought some consideration... Surely Williams can't suck forever!! There's also Force India and even an unlikely spot as a #2 driver at Red Bull if that's his thing.
I hope it isn't. 'Cause I think this guy still has the potential to be a title contender as he proved in the past. But for that he'll need a decent car on a fair team.

F1Rules

June 13, 2013 5:22 PM

erm......to be driver number 2 at Ferrari or number 1 at Williams? Which option do you think he'd take??

And besides, how can you be sure that he will not be shown up by a hungry up-and-coming Bottas or Gutierrez when he gets there?

JJ9871011

June 14, 2013 12:30 AM

I think Massa will stay due to being #2. He knows whats expected of him. He shows flashes of brilliance just when people doubt him and other than the occasional mishap, he usually finishes in the points. I think Ferrari looking at him as "he maybe not be the most capable driver in the grid, but he's the best #2 in the grid." I think any lower team would greatly benefit from him, Williams, Sauber, FIF1, but I think they're looking for younger talent. Sadly IMHO, once his Ferrari days are over, Caterham might be his best chance.

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