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Brawn: Massa would be worthy F1 world champion.

Backing up the Brazilian's own assertion, Ross Brawn has insisted that Felipe Massa will fully deserve the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship drivers' crown should he prevail in his see-saw battle with McLaren-Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton come season's end.

After some in the F1 paddock suggested that if Massa does win, it will only be thanks to intervention by the FIA, the sport's governing body, the Ferrari star hit back by stating that if he clinches the title, he will fully merit it [see separate story – click here].

Whilst Jonathan Palmer also claimed that the 27-year-old has made too many errors and been too inconsistent this year to deserve the trophy [see separate story – click here], Honda team principal Brawn – who worked closely with Massa when they were both at Ferrari in 2006 – clearly disagrees.

“I think he would be a worthy world champion,” the Englishman is quoted as having said by F1SA. “There is no issue there.

“He has been a bit of a slow grower, really, in that he was quite reckless and made a lot of mistakes early in his career but he was always very quick.

“In the year I worked with him at Ferrari, we had our ups and downs during the year but I think he has performed extremely well. Felipe has come on a long way.”

Massa – who has comprehensively out-performed defending F1 World Champion team-mate Kimi Raikkonen over the course of the 2008 campaign, triumphing five times to the Finn's two victories – sits seven points adrift of Hamilton in the standings with three races to run and 30 points remaining up for grabs.

Former Williams and McLaren ace Juan-Pablo Montoya, however – now racing in NASCAR circles back across the Pond – recently laughed at suggestions that Massa would be a worthy title-winner.

“Next question,” the outspoken Colombian brusquely told the BBC. “We'll skip that one…”

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Katy_Jones - Unregistered

October 10, 2008 11:29 AM

Felipe Massa deserves nothing as the points total currently stands - after being gifted points by the FIA. Felipe Massa deserves 2008, ONLY when he gains his point advantage legitimately over his competitors! (As in any sport). Thank you.

Doodaa - Unregistered

October 10, 2008 12:55 PM

Spa was one of the worsed decisions I've ever seen in F1. Not just that the penalty was given for a rule that still ins't clear! but that the result was awarded to a guy who was some 15 or so seconds behind and had nothing to do with the incident. But for that the title would be over which makes it hard to justify Massa as a worthy champ, not that it is his fault, but even with 5 penalties, deserve or not, Hamilton is still beating him on points and entertainment value... I think in that same race even though starting sixth massa didn't overtake anybody and who wants that??

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