Ferrari’s celebrated anonymous blogger, The Horse Whisperer, has returned to the keyboard today to write a short post on the official Ferrari.com site in reaction to comments worldwide about Ferrari’s next move now that Mark Webber has committed to Red Bull for 2013.
Written in its usual sardonic tone, the gist of the piece is to poke fun at journalists and bloggers who have speculated on what the team’s plans are around drivers
“In Maranello, no one is in a hurry to make any decisions and that’s for sure.
“Yesterday, one absolute certainty of the past few months was washed away, as we now know Webber is staying put.
“Now the most vociferous and qualified rumourmongers are taking it for granted that Felipe will be confirmed, these generally being the same voices that, not only had him down as being out of the running for 2013, but would have had us believe he would not even see out the season.
“Now coming into bloom are a whole list of possible and potential replacements, with a list of names from A to Z, something Ferrari is well used to. In truth, one letter, the “Z,” seems yet to be uncovered, or quite possibly it’s Zorro…unmasked.”
It’s all good fun. The situation at Ferrari is quite fluid and as the Whisperer says, its conceivable that Massa will keep his seat next season, with none of the top five teams making any changes in driver line up.
Massa’s form has improved as the car has improved (the same happened with Irvine relative to Schumacher through 1996-1999) and they may well stick with the “devil you know”, rather than import someone new for what could only be a year if Sebastian Vettel arrives in 2014, as well placed sources in Italy suggest he could.
I still can’t see why Vettel would do that, but if he does it opens up a great opportunity for Lewis Hamilton at Red Bull.
All eyes on Hamilton’s renewal then, when it comes, to see if it is just for one year with options, leaving the door open for a move should Vettel vacate.