Massa: Paying drivers are “not a great thing for F1″

2013 F1 season

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Korea International Circuit, 2012Felipe Massa warned that the pressures on young drivers to bring sponsorship is bad for Formula One.

Speaking during a video discussion on the official Ferrari website, Massa said it was “very difficult to speak” about the circumstances of Timo Glock’s departure from Marussia as it was “another driver and another team… which I don’t even know how is the situation in another team.”

“It’s a very small team as well,” he added. “So I think it’s very difficult to comment. But for sure if he decide not to race in Formula One it’s for a reason. And if the team decide it’s for a reason.”

“Maybe it can be on the commercial side. We know that many drivers now to arrive in Formula One they need to have sponsors, they need to have money, especially in the small team. And honestly this is not a great thing for Formula One and maybe it is part of the commercial side.”

Massa, who starts his eighth season with Ferrari this year, says he has no regrets about his F1 career so far: “I don’t think I [would] change anything. I’ve had a fantastic career. For sure I don’t have a championship yet, I hope, but I’ve had a great career.

“I won many championships before Formula One, I won many races in Formula One, [fought] for the championship. Sure I will try everything I can to fight again and win the championship. I think everything I had, everything I did, was an experience. I learned a lot with everything in the good times and the bad times as well. So I don’t think I will change anything.

“I’m not a frustrated guy, you know, I’m a very happy man and I’m very happy with what I make to now. For sure you always want more and I always want more and I will try everything to achieve more than what I have. I don’t really – in fact I can’t change anything and I don’t really need to do that because I’m happy with what I did.”

“You’re in the top of the top… sometimes we forget that”

Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Madonna di Campiglio, 2013Asked if he was dissatisfied with his performance compared to team mate Fernando Alonso in the three years they have been together, Massa said: “Always when you are not in front of your team mate or whoever is racing for you, you are not one hundred percent happy.

“You are always one hundred percent happy when you are in front and winning the race, winning the the championship or whatever. When you are in front it makes your the most happy guy in the world.

“But I think having a strong team mate makes you better as well. I think you learn a lot more. I think definitely when you are in a top team for sure you’re going to have a strong team mate.

“When you drive for Ferrari you’re going to have a strong team mate. “This is what happened in all these years I am racing for Ferrari so I have Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso. Definitely great drivers and are still racing together.”

He added: “I think you are always comparing with some driver. You are in the top level in your work so many people sometimes they think ‘maybe he’s behind his team mate for two-tenths’, sometimes people think it’s negative but you’re in the top of the top for your work. Sometimes we forget that.

“I think when you are behind you need to work to be in front, that’s what I’m doing. I will try everything to be in front of my team mate but also everybody.”

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41 comments on Massa: Paying drivers are “not a great thing for F1″

  1. Bruno (@brunes) said on 23rd January 2013, 2:25

    Lewis Hamilton was “sponsored” by McLaren way before he entered in F1. And a rival once said it was hard to competed with him because of the enormous financial backing he had on lower categories.

    Is he considered a pay driver?

  2. Ambik (@ambikm) said on 23rd January 2013, 5:35

    I don’t agree that all pay drivers are dumb. You can have a heck lot of money but you cannot succeed unless you have the talent & also you have a huge talent but it will go unnoticed if you have no money. But I think its high time now that F1 dig deep into this matter. The drivers who bring this money are they responsible for this situation? I believe its the entire F1 fraternity who are and I also believe it has a lot to do with the front running teams. This teams have all the money to be successful,the mid fielders and the back markers have less so.Then how do you match their performance? Everyone wants to be successful. There so less respect for the small teams. I mean if thats so then why not put only Ferrari,McLaren,Mercedes,RedBull alone play and wipe out the other team. Mr. Rude White Hair is already frustrated of having too many teams. When you put certain survival solution in place the front runners run away. And hell all this so called ‘pay drivers’ they don’t end up in front running teams with there pocket full of money. So its ridiculous in my opinion.
    First of all I believe we should get rid of this Bernie,he has done a lot for F1 but he failed to secure a long term future of many teams and of many talented drivers. Get rid of him.

  3. Great thing Massa still can fool a lot of people with comments like these. The truth is that he has been keeping his seat at the Scuderia for one sole reason: Because Santander needs a Brazilian (or a Mexican) to cater for one of their two most important markets. And as McLaren picked up Perez in a clever move, hence retaining Santander’s sponsorship, Ferrari had to give Massa yet another go. Without Santander he’d be out of a seat in F1 by now. So, in a way, Massa is a pay-driver himself. But being his usual self, he wouldn’t just keep his mouth shut and work harder, trying to get anywhere near Alonso’s level, no, he’s having a stab aat pay drivers. i’d be surprised if he gets a seat in F1 in 2014 with commercial implactions handing him a new cockpit!

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