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Posted By: James Allen  |  30 Aug 2012   |  5:25 pm GMT  |  89 comments

Felipe Massa has called on Ferrari to stick with him for next season because, “I believe I am a good driver and I can do a lot more than I did in the first part of this year.”

Speaking in the paddock at Spa on Thursday, the Brazilian said that he was working to stay at Ferrari in 2013 and believes he still has a chance to retain his seat, but admitted that nothing is in place yet and anything could happen.

“The direction is to stay here, but nothing is sure yet, ” he said. “So we need to concentrate on the races. At the end of the day, good results are the most important thing.”

Asked about the fact that he’s only ever raced with Ferrari engines in F1 he said, “Maybe I’ll be racing Ferrari engines again next year, but when you don’t have a contract it’s difficult to say.”

This is the time of the year when things start to get settled for the next year in terms of driver movements. After a very tough start to the season, where he admits he couldn’t find the pace in the first three races, Massa believes he has found the pace in recent races and feels he can now show what he can do. He believes he still has what it takes to earn a seat at Ferrari.

“With me in many races, something happened. I couldn’t finish in the position I was supposed to finish, even having the pace to finish in that position. Now I need to concentrate and go in the same direction as Fernando,” he said.

The situation still seems to be quite fluid, with other names like Di Resta and Hulkenberg being mentioned but Ferrari still taking their time to decide.

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1

Its a horrible state of affairs. It is over for Massa, he knows it – its like Rubens all over again.

Wake up one day to find out you’re an old man and no longer needed nor respected. I wish Massa the best for the future.

F1 is a young mans game.

2

I had a dream last night.

Hamilton goes to Mercedes, and it make lots of sense. Shumi is forced to retire again, but he is not ready yet. Ferrari needs a one year contract to buy time for Vettel, but had enough of big mouth Massa. So, they offer MS the best way out and a tribute at the same time. Shumi and old rival Alonso will partner well and test the Alonso leadership in view of the potentially pairing with Vettel. Fairytale ending for Schumi, good stories and karma for Ferrari, and a friendly push for Alonso. .. But then I woke up and had to go to work.

3

I fully suspect that there will be Perez / Massa swap between Sauber and Ferrari.

4

Well i hope that today was not massa’s attempt at doing better. If it was he needs his p45 being 1.2 seconds of your team mate on the same tyres at the same time is very poor even by his standards

5

As much as I am a Massa fan, he has said that mid-2011, and did he deliver? No. He said it again at the beginning of 2012. No results then.

Sorry to say, but I don’t believe that he will get any better now.

6

Ferrari have to take their time to decide as they cocked up before with fisichella,as they panicked after massas crash, if massa can progress further it could relive ferraris woes. Massa is a fine driver but time is running out very fast…Now is the time to perform as we know massa can..

7

We all know he can do better, but the issue is that he hasn’t been performing as well as expected. It can’t all be blamed on incidents or mechanocal failures.

8

Despite Ferrari stating they will only employ drivers with ‘sufficient’ experience I believe they will be forced to take a gamble for the 2013 season.

If Massa is retained for ‘sentimental’ reasons it will probably be in a reserve/test capacity.

9

sounds like the words of a desperate man trying to keep his job. trouble is his confidence is probably shattered to…

if he retains his seat – there’s something seriously wrong at ferrari’s HR dept.

10

Waiting until the last moment and then seeing who’s available, isn’t how the Scuderia has done business in the past. If Massa is going, his replacement is already signed up, IMHO. My gut feel is that Kobiyashi would be a good fit, with Peter Sauber happy to trade a driver for the ongoing supply of engines at the right price.

11

The comments that say he has not been the same driver since the team orders saga really infuriate me. We are talking about a highly paid professional sportsman, someone supposedly bursting with competitiveness. If he was even half a driver, he would be doing all he could to prove his worth to the team.

Felipe is a lovely fellow, we all like him but his time at Ferrari is over. I wish him well but I would not be surprised to see him exit F1 at the end of the season.

As for replacements, Rosberg is the only rumour that is vaguely exciting. All of the other candidates seem to be not quite there yet or anxious for a second chance. I was very sad when Webber turned it down, he is just the sort of spiky character that could have taken it to Fred week in week out.

12

It’s interesting to see how many posters know exactly what to do with Felipe Massa.

‘Get rid of him. He has no right to be in F1. He’s an insult to the prancing horse’….etc,etc.

He’s still quick, as he has proved recently, but unfortunately not consistent. I wish him all the best, & that he will prove a few people wrong.

I’d say he’s a better driver than many ‘sofa-pilots’ would admit to, who -if they had an accident as happened to Massa- would be drawing Social Welfare.

13

A team of Ferrari’s caliber cannot afford to have a driver that ‘might do better’; they are being charitable towards Massa and they are paying dearly for it. If they had a driver that was closer to Fernando’s level they would be leading both championships. It is hard to believe that they are doing this to themselves; that said does anyone remember what they put themselves through while Massa was off with his head injury? Painful….

14

Sorry Felipe, but it is now time for Ferrari to think about other options to cover post Alonso times

Either a team believes he needs 2 number 1, Massa is no longer a number one for a top team

Or a team needs a number one and a number two, but the number needs to be a potential subsitute to number one in the future

This advocates for a Perez or a Maldonado , even a Grosjean, and not for a Kovalainen or a Massa who already had their chance

15

Massa doesn’t [any more] have enough pace consistently to either support Alonso or take good points. Unless they want to have a sacrificial car that they purely use to screw up other team’s pit stops etc. by using him as a block for Alonso, he’ll be going.

Has Alonso got anything in his contract that gives him leverage over who drives the other car?

16

YES he does, he said it in an interview (not so directly I think but he said that he talked about it with Luca DM or something similar). Tome, he is the only chance to stay at Ferrari if alonso pushes for him

17

pleasssse…noooooo!!

no more massa and why not: no more domenicali!!

please! please! please!

18
DanWilliams from Aust

If Ferrari were going to keep Massa, he’d have to to convince them by matching Alonso’s first half of the season in the 2nd half (this will mean probably beating Alonso in the 2nd half). Even if Massa manages to drive around and be relatively competative in comparison to Alonso, that won’t be good enough. Ferrari know the 2011/12 Massa is not the same as the 2006/07/08/09 Massa and will need some proof that he’s back.

19

I’ll be surprised if Massa’s retained. I’m sure Ferrari will lead him on, and tell him he’s got the inside track for the 2013 race seat, all the way up to November 26th. And then cut him loose.

20

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! Blah, Blah,Blah!

Do yourself a favor please. Stop talking and start pushing.

21

There’s been a lot of names as possible replacements = Kimi, di Resta, The Incredible Hulkenberg, etc…

But why hasn’t anyone mentioned Rob Smedley? The amount and way he talks down his headset to Felipe does seem like as if he can drive better 😀

Jokes aside, I still stick to my point of Ferrari should’ve kicked out Massa rather than Raikkonen in ’09. Though now that’s history, for now it can either:

1. Stick with Massa for at least one more year;

2. Kick out LdM and have Todt back in place so Kimi can go back to Ferrari, Kovy wanna prove again that he’s no fit for any top teams so he can do so by going to Lotus to fill Kimi’s vacant seat, then Massa can leave F1 or stick with Ferrari as backup/test driver.

22

I may be being a bit radical here but for me Massa’s best bet will be to go to LeMans GT Pro. After all it hasn’t done Fisi any harm.

23

I hope Felipe can up his game, and Ferrari stick with him. I still consider him 2008 world Champion

24

Based on a dodgy Spa result, Kimi’s help at China… or of course that the whole of Singapore should have been cancelled which no one else believes, but he does because he was unlucky that day?

25
Adrian Newey Jnr

Ruebens used to say the same thing.

26

Personally I think Massa would beat DiResta in the same car. Not sure where all the hype for Paul comes from, I’d have him behind Perez and Ricciardo in my list of potential future race winners.

If Ferrari had any sense they would snap up Heikki.

27

As many have said, he’s never been the same since that thing hit him in the head. And the race driver’s brain is such a finely tuned thing that just rearranging a couple of neurons might be all it takes to break a career.

Not his fault but just a fact of nature.

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