Massa to get new chassis for Malaysian Grand Prix

2012 Malaysian Grand Prix

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Melbourne, 2012Felipe Massa will have a new chassis for the Malaysian Grand Prix as Ferrari tries to get to the bottom of its troubles with its new F1 car.

In a statement on their website Ferrari said: “Work has already begun in the Sepang pits to prepare chassis number 294, which replaces the number 293 and will be used by the Brazilian in the second race of the season.

“This choice was taken to clear up any doubts about the unusual performance of his car during the weekend at Albert Park.”

Massa qualified 16th in Melbourne, a second slower than team mate Fernando Alonso. He failed to finish the race after colliding with Bruno Senna while running 13th.

Ferrari added: “Felipe knows he can count on the team to do everything, both from the technical and the operational point of view, to put him in a better state to show off his talents ?ǣ even at the cost of extra work in these few days that separate the Australian race from the one in Malaysia.”

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149 comments on Massa to get new chassis for Malaysian Grand Prix

  1. The Limit said on 21st March 2012, 12:37

    It really doesn’t look as though Felipe Massa’s Ferrari career has much of a future, and I feel for the guy! No one likes to see a sportsman struggle like Massa has struggled since he was nearly killed back in 2009. Alot of people would have retired after that, I mean, Felipe is married and is a father. I am sure he has a healthy bank account, there really was nothing stopping him from driving if he had decided he had had enough. To his credit, he decided to continue with F1 and that takes balls.
    Other drivers have comeback from near death accidents and achieved greatness in their F1 careers, Niki Lauda and Mika Hakkinen spring to mind, but you cannot expect that to happen to everybody.
    Not only that, but what was left of Massa’s confidence has been all but destroyed by the arrival at Maranello of Fernando Alonso. Even so, only Felipe was driving his car in Australia, he is running out of time and excuses.

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 21st March 2012, 13:12

    Fair enough really. If Massa can turn it around in Malaysia then it’s likely that there was something wrong with the chassis. He’s never had Alonso’s pace but that’s not exactly news. He was so much off the pace it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s less off the pace this weekend with a new chassis.

  3. Jack said on 21st March 2012, 14:47

    You guys really need to quit the “massa hasn´t been the same after his accident” bit… If that´s the case, he should have just quit…

    As for Ferrari giving him another chassis to let him “show off his talent”, as i read earlier on the post, is just a waste of money… No matter what Ferrari does… Massa will always end up looking like a chump… and MAYBE then they will open their eyes and just drop him like a bad habit…
    People say Alonso is a crybaby… They seem to have overlooked Massa!

  4. Dizzy said on 21st March 2012, 16:23

    People say Massa hasn’t been the same since his accident, However I disagree.
    The correct statement should be that Massa hasn’t been the same since Hockenheim 2010.

    If you look back at 2010, While Alonso was usually still the faster of the 2, Massa was much closer to Alonso & early in the year it was Alonso making errors & Massa been consistent & scoring points including outscoring Alonso a couple times.
    Up untill Hockenheim 2010 Massa was doing a solid job against Alonso, After Hockenheim 2010 Massa never really got close to Alonso as consistently outside of outqualifying him 2-3 times in 2011.

    I think Massa’s real problem is that his team mate is Fernando Alonso.

    Alonso’s got Ferrari built around him now, The cars are almost certainly designed & built around Alonso’s driving style & Alonso’s feedback.
    Massa has such a different driving style to Alonso that this is liklely having a serious affect on his feel for the car & I read at least 1 report in 2011 stating that the car didn’t work with the sort of setup Massa liked.

    I also think there is an element of Alonso outdriving the car & making the car look better than it actually was. People slate Massa for not scoring a podium in 2011, However with the McLarens/Red Bull clearly faster & Alonso outdriving the Ferrari did Massa ever really have a decent shot at a podium considering how reliable cars are now?

    The problem is that whoever you put in the 2nd Ferrari is going to have similar problems while up against Alonso unless there a driver who’s extremely good & on the same level as guys like Alonso, Hamilton & Vettel.

  5. David Smith said on 22nd March 2012, 8:09

    Can people please move on from 2007/2008 and even 2009 for all our sanity!! Its 2012…and has been for 1/2 months already!!!

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