Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Hockenheimring, 2012

Ferrari retain Massa for 2013

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Hockenheimring, 2012Felipe Massa will remain at Ferrari in 2013, the team has confirmed.

A statement released by the team on Tuesday said: “Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its contract with the driver Felipe Massa to the end of the 2013 race season.”

“The Scuderia?s driver line-up for next year is therefore made up of Fernando Alonso and the aforementioned Felipe Massa.”

Massa said he is “very happy to have reached this agreement”.

“Ferrari is my racing family and throughout my entire time in Formula 1, I have always driven cars powered by engines built in Maranello: I can?t see myself driving cars propelled by anything else!

“First and foremost, I want to thank president Montezemolo and [team principal] Stefano Domenicali, who had faith in me and who have always supported me, even at the most difficult moments. The team and also all the fans can rest assured that I will do all in my power to help the Scuderia reach the targets it sets itself each year.”

Domenicali said: “He has been part of our family for over a decade and has shown, especially in this recent part of the season, that he is once again competitive at the highest level, which is what is expected of every driver who gets behind the wheel of a Ferrari.

“We have always supported Felipe, even in the most difficult moments of his career and we are certain of his worth and are sure he will know how to repay the confidence this renewal proves we have in him.”

Yesterday Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo denied claims Sebastian Vettel would join the team in 2014, saying: “I don?t want to have two roosters in the same henhouse.”

“I am so happy to continue another year with Felipe Massa as a team mate!” Alonso wrote on Twitter. “I?m sure we are the best team!”

“After eight different team mates Felipe staying is another example of what I always say: do not believe anything you read unless it?s official,” he continued.

Ferrari’s statement added: “Now that Massa?s situation has been cleared up, maybe speculation surrounding Ferrari drivers will calm down for a few days, but that?s probably a vain hope: the rumour mill works round the clock, manned by people who, having said one thing and then the complete opposite, can congratulate themselves on having got it just right.

“Indeed, this was one of the reasons that pushed Montezemolo and Massa to decide on announcing the renewal today, to put an end to all the speculation.”

Massa will remain with Ferrari for an eighth season. He joined them from Sauber in 2006 to partner Michael Schumacher.

In 2008 Massa finished runner-up to Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ championship, winning six races.

But he missed half of the season in 2009 after suffering head injuries during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. He has not won a race since returning in 2010, when Alonso joined Ferrari as his team mate.

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  1. Considering his form in recent races, Felipe was Ferrari’s only option.

    And even before that. I mean, they obviously want a driver to fill the 2 cars requierement, they don’t want another contender. Otherwise, they’d have got someone else.

    1. “We have always supported Felipe, even in the most difficult moments of his career and we are certain of his worth and are sure he will know how to repay the confidence this renewal proves we have in him.”

      Uh-Oh watch out Felipe Baby, payback is a bitch!

      1. I don’t know massa personally, but perhaps the motivational trigger for him is just this kind of publicly-stated expectation, but delivered with an expression of confidence and reaffirmation of his value to the team.

      2. payback is a bitch

        Yep! And a living example is just a local call(barrichello/brazilian) away! ;-p

    2. Well Ferrari just told Massa that all he needs to do each year to retain his seat is do well in 2 races towards the end of the year. Screw the big picture.

      1. Who’s the driver with the second most points from the last 5 races?

  2. I’ve got nothing against Felipe but his time has come. I feel like having that seat open could have made silly season so much more interesting

    1. If his last 6 performances are any indication (hell, we can start from Bahrain if Alonso is to be trusted) then no, his time most certainly hasn’t come.

      1. @pamphlet Again I’ve got nothing against Felipe but compared to Alonso he’s been driving like a damp rag. Yes, there is an upward curve in his recent performance but that change the fact it took him a long time to escape the midfield. Ferrari need a driver that is capabel of getting the points necessary for the constructors and Felipe is not that man anymore. He’ll have to prove he worth that contract next year as it’s probably going to be his last chance

        1. You’re giving Alonso way too much credit.

          compared to Alonso he’s been driving like a damp rag.

          Uh, hello, he’s been faster than Alonso lately. That makes the Spaniard look even worse than a “damp rag”.

          that change the fact it took him a long time to escape the midfield

          He’s one of the least lucky drivers on the grid this year. He was arguably near the top of the rankings last year as well, what with Hamilton constantly hitting him and all.

          The points tally does not reflect their difference in prowess. Not this year, at least. Just look at Schumacher and Rosberg for a similar comparison.

          Ferrari need a driver that is capabel of getting the points necessary for the constructors

          Ferrari value the drivers’ championship much higher than the constructors’. Remember 2008? And Montezemolo’s recent “rooster” comments where he specifically omitted the MAS-RAI lineup? Put 2 and 2 together. They’re more than willing to take a huge hit to their collective points tally as long as one of their drivers gets a better shot at the title. And it’s working wonders for them right now.

          1. Massa would have been hired regardless of his last few races. Ferrari and Alonso know he can be walked over and he doesn’t seem to care.

            In my opinon, if Massa was championship material he would have told Ferrari where to stick it after his ‘magnanimous’ driving last year. He is the new Rubens Barrichello, loving the comfort of driving for Ferrari but at the cost of his reputation which is now cemented.

            It’s just my opinon, but Ferrari hiring Massa because he won’t trouble Alonso is probably worst for Felipe himself.

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