Montezemolo: Massa “a number one driver”

Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hockenheim, 2010

Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hockenheim, 2010

Luca di Montezemolo has said Felipe Massa needs to give “the performances of a number one driver” in the final races of 2010:

Felipe is and will always stay a number one driver for Ferrari.

I expect the performances of a number one driver from him ?ǣ both in the next four races and, with different tyres, next year. Those will be crucial to bring us wins next season and to take important points from our opponents in the battle for this world championship.
Luca di Montezemolo

Last week di Montezemolo urged Massa to support team mate Fernando Alonso’s bid for the championship by taking points off his rivals.

In a statement on the official Ferrari website today he added:

Fernando sounded very focused and determined, just like the whole team. It?s an important time and I?m sure that everyone will give everything they have in order to achieve our objectives.
Luca di Montezemolo

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93 comments on Montezemolo: Massa “a number one driver”

  1. Hairs (@hairs) said on 6th October 2010, 19:43

    “Luca DiMontezemelo is and will always stay a number one condescending bullplop artist for Ferrari.”

  2. Fer no.65 said on 6th October 2010, 20:46

    “Felipe is and will always stay a number one driver for Ferrari.”

    “…except when we need him to be number 2 driver or when he performs like a number 2 driver… so basically he’s a number 2 driver that could have been a number 1 driver, but we don’t need that anymore, so he’s a number 2 driver full time now.”

  3. Dan Newton said on 7th October 2010, 2:00

    I’ve found them! The missing words!

    “Massa (was) a number one driver (at the end of 2008)!”

  4. RaulZ (@raulz) said on 7th October 2010, 11:43

    I think Massa is a second line driver. He’s have a good car most of the time. He’s done it well if his mate wasn’t in his best. But at the beggining of the year he was #1 in the team, with the #7 in his car, with the team with him because Alonso was just a feeling and not a fact in Ferrari.

    You must demonstrate your capacities and this year Alonso has beaten him in pace and results clearly. Of course he had very bad luck in some races, like Canada, but everybody had problems this years and the thing is that he’s not in de 5 to the DWC.

  5. So, is he asking him to finish ahead of Alonso?

  6. Maksutov said on 7th October 2010, 15:11

    Montezemolo is a clown

  7. KDegale said on 8th October 2010, 14:34

    No guys! Luca is just saying that too boost Massa’s confidence on the track. Obviously, we ALL know Masssa is not fast enough to beat his teammates unless Ferrari sign a sub par driver.

    We have all seen that Felipe needs encouragement all the time from his engineer. He’s not as tough as say Alonso. So he needs to hear encouragement to do well so Alonso can take the championship.

    2011, will be the same thing. Alonso i going to destroy Massa again.

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