Motorsports » Massa fate to drag on past Monza?


Ferrari looks unlikely to make a decision regarding its 2014 driver line-up until F1 heads off to Asia for its end-of-season 'flyaways'.

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FrozenCandle

August 31, 2013 10:43 AM

I can't believe the amount of sympathy Ferrari have shown Massa. Letting him race in 2010 after his injury was the right thing to do, but he's since had three and a half seasons to prove he's still worthy of the drive, and personally, I think he's done nothing to show it. In addition to the lack of pace, he makes silly errors that no top-flight driver should be making, like spinning out in Germany, crashing heavily twice in Monaco, breaking his suspension twice on curbs in India. In all of those incidents he was the only driver in the entire field to have made those mistakes.

I like Felipe, but he's had more than enough time to prove himself, and year after year of constant speculation about whether he'll remain at Ferrari says it all. He clearly hasn't.

pcxmac

August 31, 2013 11:03 AM

Massa needs to retire or go to another team, hes a good driver, but hes got no chance of doing anything interesting on that team at the moment, and thats not gonna change for him, ever.

richard

August 31, 2013 11:37 AM

frozen. a number of the incidents that you mention were due to failure of parts being tested by flip, for ferdi. don't forget, he has even had to accede to team orders, both his year and last year, when he was AHEAD of ferdi. s he is no slouch.

what is more amazing is the fact that flip is not unduly fazed by the failures etc, and bounces back at the following races with times that match ferdi.

so why on earth would people call for him to retire?

WadeAus

August 31, 2013 12:08 PM

When have team orders come in this year for him? He did qualify ahead of Fernando a few times early on, but Fernando always got past him pretty quickly without team orders.

He does end up racing at the same pace as Fernando, but always finishes a few places below for some reason.

benignlyindifferent

August 31, 2013 1:04 PM

I do not think they are waiting on Massa this tome. They have done so in the past to little avail. No, they are waiting for the outcome of another possible development, whatever that may be. Kimi? Maybe. Alonso leaving? Perhaps. There is a big player or two that is still undecided and that is holding everything else up. for instance, if Alonso triggered an out clause, Kimi would be target one and they would keep Massa. Who knows, but I do not think Massa and Riciardo uncertainty is due to anything other that the teams exploring other options.

rob01

August 31, 2013 1:57 PM

Ferrari is aware of what they ask Massa to do for El Diablo. They are more interested in getting FA a championship than getting the team a WCC. All at the expense of Massa. Hope he keeps his ride.

thelogicalview

August 31, 2013 5:58 PM

Basically Ferrari are just waiting to see who is available and or negotiating with Raikonnen. Massa's time is up he has not been able to retiurn to his previous form although that does not suddenly make him a bad GP driver, it's just that the edge has gone and he is a more erratic than previously, his form has dipped in the past few races just as he needed to be at his best.

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