Massa glad to have “full support” of Ferrari

2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Massa with race engineer Rob Smedley in Korea

Felipe Massa says he’s glad to have the “full support” of Ferrari amid speculation over his future at the team.

Massa said: “Of course I am aware of what our president [Luca di] Montezemolo and [Stefano] Domenicali said about me, making it clear once again that I am definitely driving for the Scuderia next season.

“From my point of view, it is important that I have the full support of the team behind me, which is always very positive.”

Massa admitted next year will be “important” for him: “At the moment my main focus is on continuing to push as hard as I can for these last two races of the season.

“I know that next year will be a very important one for the whole team, given that this season did not go as well as expected and it will also be a very important time for me.

“Within the team, we are already looking to next year, knowing that our pre-season target must be to produce a package that can be competitive from the very first Grand Prix, allowing us to fight for the win at every race. In 2012 we must have a better season than this one.”

Ferrari technical director Pat Fry said the team will use another development of its new front wing this weekend: “I think the biggest addition we?ve made in performance terms in recent races is the new front wing which we first tried in Korea. We then ran it again on both cars in India.

“It is a very interesting development for us, as it does change the characteristics of the car and getting to understand how to get the most out of it is certainly an interesting challenge and in the short term it has helped our performance.

“We had some quality issue on one of the wings used in India but this solution will be in Abu Dhabi again, although after watching its behaviour at the last race, much work has been done to modify certain aspects of it before both drivers will try it this coming weekend.”

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37 comments on Massa glad to have “full support” of Ferrari

  1. capu80 (@capu80) said on 9th November 2011, 2:11

    Hey Keith, just a typo on the title line you might want to fix… where it reads “Massa glad to have “full support” of Ferrari” should read:
    “Massa relieved to have “full support” of Ferrari”.
    You’re welcome

  2. paolo (@paolo) said on 9th November 2011, 13:09

    My money is on Perez to replace Massa after next year. He’s in the Ferrari young driver programme, he’s proven himself to be quick this season, and crutially he’s not yet as quick as Alonso!

  3. Fixy (@fixy) said on 9th November 2011, 15:10

    I have the full support of the team behind me

    They support him as a number two driver. Other teams don’t have such a clear distinction between 1st and 2nd driver, perhaps Red Bull. But that isn’t called full support, that’s what Alonso has. He has all the remaining support (not much, and not of much importance).

  4. Xysion said on 9th November 2011, 16:44

    Ferrari’s decision is baffling. Mind boggling even. In 2009 Felipe was quite frankly rubibish in comparison with his team mate. 7- for the season was quite generous I thought. Then came the nonsense of giving him an extended contract and optimistic statements that Felipe would be much closer to Fernando in 2011. He wasn’t. Instead Felipe conspired to make 2010 look a good year. No podiums, best place finish fifth and going more then half the season to out qualify his team and getting less then half his team mates points??!!!! What happens when the season is coming to an end? Statements form the Ferrari hierachy that Felipe is going to be stronger next season. Deja vu anyone? Ferrari are achieving nothing from him being there and he is doing nothing for his career being comprehensively beaten by team mate. No wonder Alonso loves having Felipe as a team mate. That just says it all. The Felipe supporters can blame Alonso and Ferrari all they want but at the end of the day the buck stops with Felipe and he has fallen way short of what is required.

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