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Todt: Massa will bounce back in F1 2012

Jean Todt comes to the defence of Felipe Massa after the Brazilian's struggles in 2011.

FIA president and ex-Ferrari team boss Jean Todt believes Felipe Massa will come good in 2012.

Massa had an awful season this year and scored only 118 points in total, less than half that managed by his team-mate, Fernando Alonso. Indeed while Alonso took ten podiums, including one win, Massa in contrast did no better than fifth. Despite that though, Todt, has faith the Brazilian can and will turn his fortunes around, even if some do claim he hasn't been the same since his accident in 2009 in Hungary.

"He struggled with the transition to Pirelli tyres, but he is still a good driver and will recover," Todt told Corriere della Sera. "Alonso is the point of reference not just for him but for everyone. Felipe was three tenths away from him, not three seconds."

Meanwhile, Todt also added that 2011 wasn't as bad for the Scuderia as some have made out, especially given the Adrian Newey-designed Red Bull RB7 was so dominant.

"Stefano [Domenicali]'s role [as team principal] is the eye of the storm," Todt continued. "I was also constantly the subject of criticism [when I held the same position] and I'm proud that in the end I made the decision about how I should retire after all the risks that I would be fired.

“It was claimed that they did not have a competitive car but I don't agree. The Ferrari was not as good as the Red Bull but in any case it was still a good car," he concluded.

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28.05.2011- Jean Todt (FRA), President FIA, Nick Heidfeld (GER) Lotus Renault GP R31, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia, Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02, Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia and Nick Heidfeld (GER) Lotus Renault GP R31
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Jean Todt (FRA) Ferrari Sporting Director, Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2007 Pole Position, Malaysian F1 Grand Prix, Sepang, Malaysia, 6-8th, April 2007
Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2007, Jean Todt (FRA) Ferrari Sporting Director, Spanish F1 Grand Prix, Catalunya, 11-13th, May 2007
Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2007, Jean Todt (FRA) Ferrari Sporting Director, Turkish F1, Istanbul Park, 24th-26th August, 2007

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ron'sgoldenboy - Unregistered

December 29, 2011 7:36 PM

JP, less than a 2 race win is hardly smashing your teammate if that is your name. Webber and Massa were smashed, but i truly hope Massa can bounce back as i cant see the other driver who got smashed touching Vettel. Alonso is to good for Massa but he can still be competitive and get some good constructor points for for Ferrari.


December 29, 2011 7:13 PM

I too hope that Massa will get back to his good form next year as I am convinced that that’s about his last chance at FERRARI. FERRARI has stayed totally loyal and supported Massa all they could. If Massa will get back to his good form he is a really good driver.

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