Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

Massa feared for Ferrari future at mid-season

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Buddh International Circuit, 2012In the round-up: Felipe Massa was concerned he would lose his seat at Ferrari during 2012.

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Massa: “Since August I was having fun again” (Ferrari)

“In the first half of the year, I was worried about renewing my contract. I did not think that Ferrari would really wait right to the end of the summer before deciding on the driver line-up for next year.”

Pirelli hopes for five more years beyond 2013 (ESPN)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “I think most people would think you need to do 8-10 years really in a sport to be able to activate your involvement in an activity right down to the point of sale, which is what everybody wants to do of course if they’re involved in any form – we’re a technical sponsor it’s not just sponsoring for us – but it would probably take a medium term agreement to allow you to really maximise the return on your investment.”

The Longest Season Really Is Over (International Herald Tribune)

“After I read the FIA explanation of what had happened on the track, it was clear that no rule had been broken. And when I saw that the FIA had said all the teams and drivers had been educated in the correct way to deal with the electronic warning lights, it made me suddenly think that perhaps whoever asked for clarification at Ferrari was also just too exhausted from all that travel to have remembered the details.”

A deconstruction of the Brazilian GP from Sebastian Vettel’s perspective (Somers F1)

“The damage to the floor was not the only impact on [Vettel’s] RB8 with a large hole featuring in the rear of the Sidepod exposing the exhaust. The hole expanded the point around the RB8’s star feature this season the ‘Cross-under Tunnel’ allowing more airflow into the region. Due to the way that region is constructed the panel in front of the Tunnel was destroyed.”

Narain Karthikeyan’s F1 future under a cloud (The Times of India)

“Moving to a different team also looks unlikely with regard to sponsorships and even Force India seems like an unlikely destination.”

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On this day in F1

Antonio Pizzonia had a second huge crash in a five-day period today in 2002. The Jaguar driver, who was preparing for his race debut in 2003, crash his F1 car at the Circuit de Catalunya.

it came shortly after he wrote off one of the company’s road cars while driving journalists around the circuit.

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