Massa expects Pirellis to suit him better

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Felipe Massa expects Pirelli tyres suit his driving style better than the 2010 Bridgestones did.

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70 comments on Massa expects Pirellis to suit him better

  1. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 16th January 2011, 0:03

    “If all goes according to plan I’ll be doing an interview with a multiple F1 world champion next week.”

    Keith that’s amazing, I await and hope with anticipation!

    I really hope Massa performs much better next year. I think everyone’s got some sort of soft spot for the guy.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 16th January 2011, 2:09

      Hmmm. Keith’s interviewed Sir Jackie Stewart fairly recently, who’s the only living British multi-champion, and I think we can safely assume it’s not Piquet, so that leaves a pretty short list of Alonso, Schumacher, Häkkinen, Fittipaldi, Lauda, Brabham, or Prost. I really have no idea, but I’m kind of hoping it’s one of the 2 current drivers. Unless of course it’s not a driver… maybe Adrian Newey? I’d imagine he’s probably fairly busy at the moment though.

      • bananarama (@bananarama) said on 16th January 2011, 20:15

        Hmm .. Alonso is kind of unlikely, Schumacher and Hakkinen might have to do PR work vor Mercedes, so I think there are chances, Lauda loves to talk all day. Fittipaldi once was at Lotus, maybe they gave him a ton of cash to say he is in favour of one of the Lotuses and Brabham, well, unless he claims he wants to return to F1 I kind of doubt it (which means I doubt it). Looking forward to it whoever it will be!

    • Adam Tate said on 16th January 2011, 6:15

      Couldn’t have put it better myself Electrolite. I think Massa will bounce back this year.

  2. RIISE (@riise) said on 16th January 2011, 0:04

    I’m sorry Felipe, Alonso just has that raw pace that you can’t match. Sure you will most likely be closer to him this year but still, you won’t beat him.

    • Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 16th January 2011, 2:06

      You’re probably right, but then nobody expected him to beat Raikkonen and Schumacher, and he did (the latter only on occasion, admittedly). On his day he is as fast as anyone.

      2011 is make or break for him. If he fails this year, then so does his career

      • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 16th January 2011, 2:13

        2011 is make or break for him. If he fails this year, then so does his career

        That’s probably true.

      • Dougy_D (@dougy_d) said on 16th January 2011, 11:08

        2011 is make or break for him. If he fails this year, then so does his career

        That is an outrageous comment to make. With 2011 having 5 previous champions in the lineup, I am expecting an even closer season then last (with Mercedes joining the front runners) and I do not think that if Alonso fails to win the Championship, that is it… Do you not remember that it took Schumacher 4 years from when he joined Ferrari to win his first championship. Don’t get me wrong, Alonso needs to perform however to say this is make or break is slightly OTT, especially when he is only 29!!

        • RIISE (@riise) said on 16th January 2011, 11:24

          That is an outrageous comment to make. With 2011 having 5 previous champions in the lineup, I am expecting an even closer season then last (with Mercedes joining the front runners) and I do not think that if Alonso fails to win the Championship, that is it… Do you not remember that it took Schumacher 4 years from when he joined Ferrari to win his first championship. Don’t get me wrong, Alonso needs to perform however to say this is make or break is slightly OTT, especially when he is only 29!!

          He’s talking about Felipe, not Alonso.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 16th January 2011, 11:13

      In 2010 at the start of the season he was good, remember he led the championship. He qualified and arrived second at his first race for months after his crash, then arrived third in Australia, before having the same problems as Alonso. Then again in Italy he was very good. And of course, Germany. After that race he didn’t push anymore because he knew it was useless, but he still had some nice performances last year.

  3. Rob G (@rob-g) said on 16th January 2011, 0:05

    I think Massa will leave Ferrari this year, he isn’t getting anyfaster and with all the comment he makes about the 2010 tyre degredation he seems to forget that it had nothing to do with his qualifiying pace, in which he simply wasn’t fast enough. Massa can hardly say he think the Pirelli’s will treat him worse when he’s on the verge of losing his seat.

    • ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 16th January 2011, 8:33

      Yes, it has everything to do with his qualifying pace – if you can’t get the tyres up to temperature quick enough, it severely damages your qualifying, particularly in Q3.

  4. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 16th January 2011, 0:09

    The last part of round one of Champion of Champions will be on the site later today.

    Who are the last two? I know Jenson Button is one of them, but the other? Hamilton? That’s not going to be a fair match-up.

    • Hamish said on 16th January 2011, 0:12

      Yep I think you’re right.

      • RIISE (@riise) said on 16th January 2011, 0:16

        I don’t know, I think the matching might be quite close in terms of votes. It’s not different to Raikkonen vs Vettel in my eyes.

        • Hare (@hare) said on 16th January 2011, 0:31

          Yup, Button’ll blitz Hamilton! ;) TIC.

        • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 16th January 2011, 0:40

          Actually, RIISE, I think it’s going to be heavily biased in favour of Hamilton. A lot of people seem to think that Jenson Button just coasted to his World Championship after the Turkish Grand Prix. But that isn’t true at all – Brawn ran out of money and they had to make do with what they had. It didn’t help that their upgrade for Silverstone made the car worse. They were expecting to do well in high temperatures, so they didn’t think much of it when they didn’t do as well as expected, but it wasn’t until the Hungarian Grand Prix two races later that they found it was a problem. While all the other teams could easily upgrade their car through the season, Brawn had to battle for every point. After all, Jenson Button won the championship in the car he started the season in. So he didn’t coast at all – he just had to fight to hold on to whateve rpoints he could manage. Personally, I think that’s way more impressive than Hamilton pretty much being born into the best car on the grid two years running.

          • MGriffin90 (@mgriffin90) said on 16th January 2011, 0:50

            Sadly far more people hate Button than Hamilton, so only one person is going to win that one.

          • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 16th January 2011, 1:06

            Well, I’m just glad Villeneuve is out. I wish Raikkonen and Alonso had gone down hard, but you can’t have everything in life.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 16th January 2011, 1:10

            Personally, I think that’s way more impressive than Hamilton pretty much being born into the best car on the grid two years running.

            It’s amazing how many people love to use this against him. He was given the best/2nd best car, but what matters is how he used it. He finished 2nd as a rookie, ahead of Alonso, and won the championship in the second year. When given a poor car in 2009, he still made the most of it and took 4 poles and 2 wins against faster Red Bulls.

            Hamilton is as impressive as anyone.

          • David-A (@david-a) said on 16th January 2011, 1:13

            Hamilton is as impressive as anyone.

            On the current grid.

          • Cacarella (@cacarella) said on 16th January 2011, 1:47

            PM, You’re hilarious!!!

            A great comment about why Button should beat Hamilton even though we all know that Hamilton will win (can you say ‘more fans’?).

            Then, right after that you post another comment that you

            wish Raikkonen and Alonso would go down hard

            Isn’t that similar fanboyism??

          • Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 16th January 2011, 2:15

            It didn’t help that their upgrade for Silverstone made the car worse

            Clearly not so bad that his teammate could win a couple of races…

          • Xanathos said on 16th January 2011, 4:12

            2008 season:
            1. Hamilton 5 wins
            2. Massa 6 wins

            2009 season:
            1. Button 6 wins
            2. Vettel 4 wins

            None of them got their championsship handed on a silver plate…and after 2010 I wouldn’t rule out a second championship for Button. After all, if he had not been taken out by Vettel in Spa and if he had won in Monza (we all saw that he came very close to it) he would have led the championship with five races to go…

          • ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 16th January 2011, 8:35

            True, but even Barrichello was able to beat Button on several occasions, so it wasn’t just the car that was getting weaker.

          • Faraz said on 16th January 2011, 10:05

            Really so how come Barrichello won two races after the Turkey GP. And how come Hamilton bet Button in equal machinery.
            The Reason Button won the title was because he had the best car with no real competition.
            Notice how when the Mclaren’s and Red Bull’s were better developed he was being constantly out-paced.

            I think you are failing to see past your JB bias.

          • Fixy (@fixy) said on 16th January 2011, 11:19

            Regarding Barrichello beating Button, I give him more credit, because he won with a car that hadn’t been upgraded, whilst Button won only at the start of the season when Brawn were the best. Then Red Bull overcame Brawn and Jenson stood and watched, whilst Rubens still won with it.
            Also Barrichello didn’t win at the start of the season, but closely matched Button, but I think he might not have found a good setup, because he beat Button when their cars weren’t so good.

          • Todfod (@todfod) said on 16th January 2011, 13:57

            PM. Its ridiculous to say that the Brawn car was uncompetitive in the latter half of the season. Just look at Barichello’s performances in the 2nd half of the season, he clearly outperformed Jenson. If it wasn’t for a little bit of bad luck, and bad strategic calls for Rubens, he would have definitely take the title race to Abu Dhabi.

            Jenson was back to his mediocre self halfway through the season, and I really fail to see how Rubens was putting the car on pole position and taking wins if the Brawn was struggling so much.

            I’m not a huge fan of Hamilton as well, but I respect his abilities, and I think that even comparing him to Jenson is a joke.

            I obviously voted for Hamilton

          • David A said on 16th January 2011, 14:53

            @ Fixy- Barrichello didn’t closely match Button in the first half of the season, losing to his teammate in all but one of the first 10 races, leaving a ~30 point deficit to make up, which he obviously didn’t.

            @ Todfod – Barrichello took 1 pole before failing to show up on race day, and also lost the title with numerous Webber-esque starts.

          • Todfod (@todfod) said on 17th January 2011, 15:33

            @davidA. Since the Turkish GP (10 races)

            Barichello – Qualified 6 times within the top 4, won 2 races, and had 3 podium finishes.

            Button – Qualified only once within the top 4, didn’t win any races, and finished twice on the podium.

            As far as Barichello not showing up on race day at Brazil.. I clearly remember him getting a puncture when he was still fighting for the race win.

            The point is not to show how good Barrichello was, but instead to show how mediocre Jenson was in the 2nd half of 2009

    • Hare (@hare) said on 16th January 2011, 9:37

      Seriously, I”m voting for Button. Hamilton may be more of an eager talent, but Button was the better champion, and the better gentleman within the context.

      I will vote Button, whatever the stats say. He had a chance that he thought he’d had passed away, and he took it. He didn’t throw it away like Hamilton has a tendency to do by trying to pull off audacious overtaking manoeuvres that work on his brother on the XBox/PS3. He down to earth, plays a mature long game, and can pass when he has too.

      Nuff said :)

      • RIISE (@riise) said on 16th January 2011, 9:48

        True, but even Barrichello was able to beat Button on several occasions, so it wasn’t just the car that was getting weaker.

        Yes, but it was generally always Button that would be ahead on points come the end of the season.

        Barrichello beat Schumacher several times but he still got his ass handed too him.

        • Klon (@klon) said on 16th January 2011, 15:16

          Barrichello beat Schumacher several times but he still got his ass handed too him.

          But Rubens never outqualifed Schumacher over the course of the season which was the case with Button. I mean the last world champion I can think of getting outqualified in his title year was Alain Prost in 1989 and he was against Senna, one of, if not the best qualifiers F1 has ever seen.

          • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 16th January 2011, 18:50

            Um. Vettel was out-qualified by Webber on a few occasions last year.

          • Klon (@klon) said on 16th January 2011, 19:06

            I was talking about being outqualified generally, i.e. losing the qualifying duel over the course of a season. Every driver has been outqualified by their team mate every once in a while, heck, once Nelson Piquet outqualified Alonso,

    • kowalsky (@kowalsky) said on 16th January 2011, 10:07

      it can be closer than you think. let’s see.

  5. Hamish said on 16th January 2011, 0:09

    For those that have a spare hour and a half, heres some lazy Sunday viewing for you:

    http://vimeo.com/17632646

  6. James said on 16th January 2011, 0:23

    Surely Massa means he “hopes the Pirelli tyres will suit him better than the 2010 Bridgestones”. Even if they do suit him, I’d expect Alonoso to reguarly outqualify Massa and consistently out score him too

    • Hairpin said on 17th January 2011, 20:57

      Na he means hell be wearing them as head protection, an they’ll suit him better.

      I think he’s having a makeover by GOK !

  7. Hare (@hare) said on 16th January 2011, 0:30

    Multiple F1 Champ? Jackie Stewart?

    Good drivers find a setup that suits their style, great drivers can find the style that suits the set up.. That’s why people call Senna great.

  8. repeat of Hammond meets Moss on BBC 4 now for anyone who’s interested

  9. RobR (@robr) said on 16th January 2011, 0:42

    Hopefully the Pirellis will suit both Massa and Schumacher a lot better than the 2010 rubber.

    I think the tyres Bridgestone have produced in the last couple of years have been some of the worst F1 equipment in history. The company tried to toe a line somewhere between “conservatism” for the sake of “brand security”, and some kind of “variety” requested by the powers that be. The end result has been some recalcitrant, utterly useless tyres.

    Somehow I still find it within myself to wish the best for Schumacher even after his borderline-criminal move on Barrichello last year. I think it’s because, as a fan I just can’t stand seeing a pure talent being hobbled by recalcitrant equipment and confused leadership.

    Surely if Pirelli as a sole tyre supplier doesnt work out, it’s time for F1 to re-introduce a tyre war>

    • Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 16th January 2011, 11:04

      Surely if Pirelli as a sole tyre supplier doesnt work out, it’s time for F1 to re-introduce a tyre war

      That’d be nice. Preferably between four or more tyre manufacturers rather than just two, though. “One-size-fits-all” has never been good for F1.

  10. MGriffin90 (@mgriffin90) said on 16th January 2011, 0:49

    I reckon this “multiple world champion” will be Mika Hakkinen. I hope it is anyway!

  11. Gridlock said on 16th January 2011, 0:51

    (OT bit of tech feedback sorry)

    Keith, in case you didn’t know the mobile version of the site (which I don’t seem to be able to opt out of) doesn’t thread comments, just displays consecutively. iPhone.

    Look forward to the interview though, no doubt you’ll have some good questions we wouldn’t necessarily see asked elsewhere.

  12. Gridlock said on 16th January 2011, 0:58

    Oh, and I know this will get covered closer to the date but generally for a UK person what are the options for watching any of the Valencia and Jerez tests on tv or online? Much more into F1 than I was this time last year and want to (ideally!) get a nice HD look at the 2011 stuff as early as possible. I can sort of pretend the season starts in 3 weeks if I know there’s going to be stuff to watch then :D

  13. Gridlock said on 16th January 2011, 1:23

    I’ve yet to see a compelling reason why 9 consecutive fastest sectors in an end-of-season Williams against that grid isn’t enough to get Hulkenburg a top-five team seat this year. Is he likely to be confirmed at FI or as Mercedes’ “test” driver does anyone know?

  14. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 16th January 2011, 1:49

    Hope Ferrari gives him the opportunity to fight.

  15. Hare (@hare) said on 16th January 2011, 2:20

    You can’t hide behind tires as an excuse for too long, you gotta man up and get on with it.

    • kowalsky (@kowalsky) said on 16th January 2011, 10:20

      let’s not forget that he was in a coma, and after some experience like that, your selfconfidence has to suffer. And he is not driving against his friends in a parking lot on the weekend. This is f1.
      So i asume he is almost gone from ferrari, leaving some room for kubica, unless he is like niki lauda, thing that i doubt.

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