Ferrari extend Massa’s contract to 2012

Massa s set for two more seasons as a Ferrari driver

Massa s set for two more seasons as a Ferrari driver

Ferrari have announced Felipe Massa will remains with the team for the next two seasons.

Massa said:

Throughout my entire Formula 1 career, I have always raced with an engine made in Maranello and it is a matter of pride for me to be able to continue working with a team that I regard as a second family.
Felipe Massa

Team principal Stefano Domenicali added:

Felipe has been part of Ferrari for almost a decade and together with us, he has grown as a driver and as a man, going through some very difficult times as well as giving us moments of great happiness. We wanted to show proof of stability for the future, believing in the worth of a driver pairing that is without equal in terms of talent, speed and its ability to work together for the good of the team.
Stefano Domenicali

Massa had been off the pace of Fernando Alonso in the opening races, leading to some speculation he might be replaced at the team. But he led Alonso home at Istanbul last week.

He first raced for Ferrari in 2006 having joined the team as a test driver three years earlier.

The news comes just two days after Red Bull handed Mark Webber a one-year contract extension.

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84 comments on Ferrari extend Massa’s contract to 2012

  1. Meander said on 9th June 2010, 12:58

    I was surprised for two seconds and then realised that the fact that Massa seems to be somewhat slower than Alonso might actually have sealed the deal for him. Alonso is a driver who prefers a number 2 alongside him in the team. A nice, calm, responsible teamplayer – a role Kubica would never have accepted had he been signed. Alonso probably voted against him.

    • F1withMySon said on 9th June 2010, 15:24

      Why would you say that? I don’t recall Alonso ever having issues with a teammate before? ;-)

  2. sumedh said on 9th June 2010, 12:59

    Good news for Massa.

    I think Ferrari are probably hoping for a Kubika – Vettel pairing later on. And getting any of them as long as Alonso is in the team would be really catastrophic. So, they perhaps coincided Alonso and Massa’s end of contracts.

    I don’t think Felipe must have gotten a pay hike though after his performance in the first 7 races.

  3. Paige said on 9th June 2010, 13:14

    Good move for Ferrari. Massa is one hell of a driver. Personally, I think he’s not much slower than Alonso. People are laying into Massa for his performances so far this season, but he’s had a problem with the tires, which can happen to drivers sometimes and has a HUGE impact on their performances. Massa beat Alonso and was strong relative to the car at Istanbul with the harder of the two combinations- the one that’s given him trouble- so maybe he and Smedley have figured it out and he can start challenging Freddy on a regular basis.

    There’s plenty of time to secure guys like Vettel or Kubica in the future. For now, they have two excellent veteran drivers who have shown they can get the job done. They can let Vettel mature at Red Bull before taking a run at him, although they’ll have company as Merc will certainly have a go, as well. Let’s not forget that they have Jules Bianchi in the pipeline developing, as well.

  4. Horacio said on 9th June 2010, 13:22

    I guess this will help putting to rest the rumours about Massa’s position inside the team.

  5. MacBromba said on 9th June 2010, 13:27

    why people keep talking about kubica… felipe is a much more estabilish driver than him… and why people think that felipe will stay cool with a 2o driver position…
    he is adamant in the performance and is always fighting…

    the numbers talk: kubica has 1 victory and 1 pole…

    now massa… 11 victorys… 15 poles… its not for anyone… its not for anyone… turkish gp 3 times in a row… the master of interlagos… 2 times plus one time where he let kimi win…

    of course ferrari was one of the best cars… but kubica only win in canada was with a total dominant BMW…

    • Brutus said on 9th June 2010, 14:49

      Kubica’s only win came from a pit accident between Hamilton and Raikkonen

    • Cacarella said on 9th June 2010, 14:57

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen the words ‘dominant’ and ‘BMW’ used in the same sentence.

    • PeterG said on 9th June 2010, 14:58

      looks like you’re in love with Massa but you cannot underestimate Kubica…you have posted the same thing on planetf1.com

      Kubica is a very good driver that hasnt had a car to show his true potential, but even now having worse car thar Ferrari he’s showing he’s better than Massa!

      • MacBromba said on 9th June 2010, 15:13

        yeh…in that weekend heidfeld took the second place…. a bwm one two…

        so maybe the word “dominant” is too much… but bmw was a hell of a car in that time…

        im not in love with massa… just dont like to be unfair with him…. he had the numbers… thats anyone can deny…

        • PJA said on 9th June 2010, 16:03

          The fact that Massa has more wins and poles than Kubica does not mean he is better as it does not show the entire picture.

          BMW may have achieved a 1-2 at Canada 2008 but that was only because Hamilton crashed into Raikkonen in the pit lane. That season BMW were a solid third on pace.

          For quite a bit of his F1 career Massa has been in car capable of challenging for Championships, whereas Kubica has rarely had a car capable of challenging for wins.

          I think both of them are good drivers and I wouldn’t say either of them is significantly better than the other, and of course when a team signs a driver the deciding factor is not how well they have performed in the past but how well the team think they will perform in the future.

  6. Icthyes said on 9th June 2010, 13:32

    Good news for Massa, but…

    …isn’t this what Kimi was given as well?

    • sumedh said on 9th June 2010, 15:44

      Actually, Massa has always had 2-year contracts with Ferrari.

      After he signed as a test driver in 2003, he was loaned to Sauber for 2 years.

      He came back for a 1-year deal in 2006. He got a 2 year deal at the end of 2006.

      In 2007, the 2 year deal was extended by a further 2 years till end of 2010. And now, it is again extended by 2 years till 2012.

      Nicholas Todt is a shrewd manager, I say.

      • Icthyes said on 9th June 2010, 16:19

        My point is that it’s not exactly a mark of security to have a 2-year contract.

        • sumedhvidwans (@sumedhvidwans) said on 9th June 2010, 16:38

          Aah, sorry! Missed that.

          I like to think that the 2 recent “contract breaks” in the sport – Alonso-Mclaren in 2007 and Kimi-Ferrari in 2009 as exceptions rather than the rule which occurred due to the extra-ordinary circumstances.

          When Alonso left the team, it was clear that the 2 parties were barely on speaking terms to each other.

          Kimi’s ouster was facilitated by Santander. I think Ferrari would have kept Kimi till the end of 2010 had Santander not come in with the money to throw Kimi off!!

          Contracts won’t be broken easily in the future too.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 9th June 2010, 16:55

            But Kimi was lacking motivation as well and Ferrari would hugely suffer if they would have ousted Massa after his accident. I am sure that played a role in the decision as well.

          • Icthyes said on 10th June 2010, 0:03

            You may be right. And at the very worst, at least Massa knows he has one more year!

        • sumedh said on 9th June 2010, 16:46

          Aah, sorry! Missed that.

          I like to think that the 2 recent “contract breaks” in the sport – Alonso-Mclaren in 2007 and Kimi-Ferrari in 2009 as exceptions rather than the rule which occurred due to the extra-ordinary circumstances.

          When Alonso left the team, it was clear that the 2 parties were barely on speaking terms to each other.

          Kimi’s ouster was facilitated by Santander. I think Ferrari would have kept Kimi till the end of 2010 had Santander not come in with the money to throw Kimi off!!

          Contracts won’t be broken easily in the future too.

  7. Jhonnie Siggie said on 9th June 2010, 16:13

    Hmm.. I think Lewis’ contract is up in 2012 also. Is it a total coincidence that they would extend Massa’s contract up until that same year? Or do the folks at Ferrari have eyes for LEW?

  8. Electrolite said on 9th June 2010, 16:54

    Once again, rather amusingly, everyone is proved wrong. Especially when jumping after conclusions all of a sudden after a few races! I think the guy has something in him so nearlly getting that 2008 WDC (albeit 18 odd months ago and to someone which less experience, fair dos fair dos) and people have jumped to conclusions a bit after a few races as usual.

  9. MinusTwo said on 9th June 2010, 17:05

    I would have missed Smedley on the radio to Massa more than anything.

    Filipe Baby! Filipe Baby! Stay Cool!

  10. Funny how some of the posts here are carryng on about how Ferrari could have signed someone faster than Massa. How they will in the end have Vettel and Kubica drive for them.

    Ferrari is not up to pace and the way i see it their era is gone. Pity how fans still put Ferrari on a pedestal as if going to drive for Ferrari is still the best thing for any driver today. It simply isn’t.
    Why on earth would Vettel leave that time machine of his to go drive a slow Ferrari. Redbull is the future of racing

    • Accidental Mick said on 9th June 2010, 18:29

      Ferrari are in this game to go racing – indeed, remember they first started selling production cars to finance their racing machines.

      Red Bull are in this to sell fizzy drinks. When Adrian Newey has a row with the management team he will leave Red Bull (its happened before). Red Bull will then soon stop winning and then expect the team to be up for sale within the year.

      That is why their fans love Ferrari.

  11. rayan said on 9th June 2010, 17:27

    tats cool for team and him…iam sure he will push ferrari and alonso to the limits….he is a strong contender for the championship always..

  12. At last, a long term signed no. 2 driver to no. 1 driver Alonso :)

    It’s difficult to tell if Felipe has overcome any temerity behind the wheel from his shunt last year as the car is so mediocre. But Ferrari being Ferrari, if he doesn’t improve his results and Alonso does, they will not hesitate to sack him before the end of his new contract. It is F1!

  13. qazuhb said on 9th June 2010, 18:31

    Perhaps Alonso or his sponsors wanted to make sure Kubica doesn’t land at the Scuderia…

  14. theRoswellite said on 9th June 2010, 18:38

    For good or bad, as first or second driver in the team, and with real expectations for the future, Massa deserves to be a continued driver for Ferrari. For me, he earned it with his classy finish to the 2008 season, after being let down by his car and his team…no one has ever deserved it more. (Except perhaps Peter Collins, or most assuredly Sir Sterling Moss..digression)

    With Ferrari presently suffering with the under-performing blues, I would suggest it would have gutted the team, and many fans, to see them trash Felipe for even someone of Kubica’s talent.

  15. DJ Senna said on 9th June 2010, 18:42

    everyone forgets last year with kuby. massa scored more points than kuby despite missing half the season.

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