Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Istanbul, 2011

Montezemolo: “no question” over Masssa’s future

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Luca di Montezemolo refutes claims Felipe Massa will be dropped by Ferrari for 2012.

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Massa’s Ferrari future secure, says Montezemolo (Reuters)

“Yes. He has a contract with us for this year and for next year, so absolutely yes. No question about it.”

Teams may take control of F1, reveals Ferrari chief (CNN)

Luca di Montezemolo: “We have to invest in the U.S. We have to improve new technologies in F1 for the people watching the television, for iPad, for the Internet. So I think we are in front of a very important moment.”

Formula One Fantasy – McLaren?s Lewis Hamilton (F1)

“Q: You can only drive at one circuit for the rest of your life – which circuit, past or present from anywhere in the world, do you choose?
LH: I would chose the Nordschleife. It would be amazing. That 20-something kilometre track would keep you learning all the time. It would never be boring, guaranteed. I drive it every year including this year. It is an unbelievable experience.”

Three Ferraris for Felipe Massa: the video (Ferrari)

Video of Felipe Massa driving a 150??? Italia, 458 Challenge and a 458 Italia.

Teams set to reject testing return plan (Autosport)

“Although Todt believes it makes sense for a return of some testing, teams are not convinced it will be a good move – as they fear it will simply lead to an escalation in costs.”

Multiple roadblocks for F1 track officials (Hindustan Times)

“The F1 track bosses may still be in for a rude jolt. The farmers at the nearby villages are upset that their religious sentiments are not being respected, warning that it could blow into a major controversy in the near future.”

The question of the Bahrain GP (Joe Saward)

“Looking from the outside, it seems that trying to rush a return to Bahrain this year might suit the government there and might be easier for some in F1 because of contractual complications, but it would probably be wiser not to take any risks and wait to see how Bahrain looks in six months from now, when the F1 calendar for 2012 is being finalised. Going back too early involves a lot of risks that are probably not worth taking.”

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Comment of the day

HounslowBusGarage doesn’t believe the Bahrain Grand Prix could be held safely:

If the race goes ahead and the political situation is not resolved, the protesters will be there in the crowd.

One bottle thrown onto the track is all it will take.
HounslowBusGarage

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On this day in F1

Stirling Moss scored a famous victory in the Monaco Grand Prix 50 years ago today.

Driving a Lotus 18 entered by Rob Walker, Moss withstood fierce pressure from the Ferraris of Richie Ginther, Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips to win after 100 laps of the Principality.

A seven-part video of the race is available on YouTube. Find it all below, part one above: