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. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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..

  7. 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!

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

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. sid said on 9th June 2010, 19:11

    I guess this is a reflection of the strong association the team has with him. He is a good driver and worthy of a Ferrari seat.
    What saddens me is that Kimi is even more unlikely to come in now as there are hardly any seats left in the big teams.

  12. Chaz said on 9th June 2010, 19:49

    Nice one Felipe baby.

    And what of Kubica though…

  13. verstappen said on 9th June 2010, 21:48

    So, in this day and age of almost no testing experience is king. The only available alternatives would be inexperienced guys (or someone like Sutil) and no top team wants to burn her hands with that.

    Long time before any of the top tams will bring a ‘new Lewis’

  14. Magnificent Geoffrey said on 9th June 2010, 22:01

    I know I’m a bit late, but two more years of Mass-Smedley radio chatter? Yes please!

  15. Renzo said on 9th June 2010, 22:15

    I wanted to see Kimi back in F1, but yesterday Webber confirmed, today Massa… if it keep going like this in a week time Raikkonen will retire from motorsport.

  16. schooner said on 9th June 2010, 22:34

    From my prospective, the only bad news here is that we are going to have precious little to read about, and comment and speculate on, in terms of the driver market within the top 4 teams over the next year or so. That said, F1 has a rich history of always managing to come up with some sort of new drama or conspiracy theory for us to debate. It wouldn’t be F1 otherwise! :)

    • Icthyes said on 10th June 2010, 0:07

      “Alonso: I had affair with Danica Patrick.”

      “Kubica: at weekends my name is Robyn.”

      “Hamilton: kidnapped by aliens”

      I may jest, but they’ll probably end up on Planet F1 at some point ;-)

  17. Shimks said on 10th June 2010, 12:41

    I agree with several others here: Massa has been retained because he is consistent but won’t challenge Alonso in the long run. He is the next Barrichello and Alonso is the next Schumi.

    Of course, this will not have been spellt out. Ferrari can happily offer equal driver status, because it is clear that Alonso is the better driver by far. So Massa will be feeling very happy at the moment. Little does he know…

    Many of you will disagree with me, but I don’t think Massa is a special driver. A lovely guy, yes. But he doesn’t have the magic of top drivers like Alonso, Vettel, Kubica or Schumacher.

    Luckily, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. ;)

    • Shimks said on 10th June 2010, 12:44

      What I forgot to say, is:

      A strong driver pairing with a number 1 and number 2, like Alonso/Massa, is the perfect combination for winning the constructor’s and driver’s championship.

      Button/Hamilton are an example of two number 1’s in one team. Good for the constructor’s, but not the drivers.

      I think that’s Ferrari’s thinking.

  18. That’s a shock! I guess they want someone to support Alonso and he has agreed…

  19. Abe said on 4th May 2011, 20:35

    ;)

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