Ferrari pledge support for struggling Massa

2013 F1 season

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Nurburgring, 2013Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo gave his backing to driver Felipe Massa after another disappointing performance in Germany.

Massa spun out of the race on lap four after losing control of his F138 at turn one.

“Felipe is fully aware he can count on our total confidence in him,” Montezemolo told the Ferrari website.

“I hope he will soon secure the results that will show his talent to the full, such as the great starts he pulled off at the last two grands prix.”

The German round was the fourth race weekend in a row in which Massa has spun or crashed.

He had two substantial impacts during the Monaco race weekend at Sainte Devote. The Ferrari driver crashed out during qualifying in Canada and also spun into a wall during practice at Silverstone.

Massa is in his eighth season with the team and came close to losing his seat last season. Montezemolo said the team are not yet ready to decided who will partner Fernando Alonso next year: “We will talk about that further down the line as there?s no hurry.”

Massa lies seventh in the drivers’ standings on 57 points, 66 behind Alonso.

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81 comments on Ferrari pledge support for struggling Massa

  1. Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 10th July 2013, 22:26

    The only support Massa needs is travel arrangements back to Brazil.

    Massa is just there because Alonso wants to be the lead driver and doesn’t want intra team competition. They should knock that nonsense down too. Ferrari is a team and it’s been proven that Alonso cannot pull the team forward alone. They need a second driver who can actually contribute something to the team rather than just driving his obligatory laps slippng down the order every race.

    Unless you have a dominant car like Red Bull, a team needs two good drivers moving the team forward.

    • yuya (@john-locke) said on 11th July 2013, 0:21

      Like Lotus Grosjean. Grousjean has been ordered a lot of team orders by the team to let Raikkonen go through. But Raikkonen only got 2 wins so far. Alonso can not pull the team forward alone?
      In last 4 years Red bull is the only “Winning Team”.
      So, Not only Alonso but also, Hamilton,Button,Raikkonen,Schumacher(3 years in mercedes),Rosberg, etc. All drivers without Redbull drivers can not pull the team foward.

      Like Raikkonen said, drivers is not the main factor,but technical team is the biggest factor.

  2. I think massa is a good driver, he has just not been at his best recently. But after all Alonso is an incredibly quick driver maybe one of the fastest in f1. If someone had to replace him i think it should be Bianchi

  3. yuya (@john-locke) said on 11th July 2013, 0:10

    If Ferrari had been as fast as Redbull in last 4 years…..

    Massa would have got a lot of podiums and wins….

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 11th July 2013, 3:43

      @john-locke – I doubt it. Massa has underperformed the car much more than Webber has, and Webber “only” has 9 wins, and just 3 since 2010.

      • yuya (@john-locke) said on 11th July 2013, 6:33

        Lool at Webber.

        He has been having a lot of minor trouble (Start trouble Kers trouble and so on)
        and he is not good at completing race or being race craft.

        But that Webber could get 9 wins that means Massa can get more wins at least.

        • David-A (@david-a) said on 11th July 2013, 16:05

          @john-locke – “Being race craft”? Massa in his current state has only looked like winning 1 race in 3 and a half years. He’s been even worse than Webber in terms of race craft or getting to the end of races. The driver we are seeing in 2010-2013 wouldn’t suddenly get double figure wins in any car.

    • anon said on 11th July 2013, 7:28

      They were in 2010.

      2012 the Ferrari was fast from Barcelona onwards. Not only that but the Ferrari had far superior reliability to the Red Bull.

      • yuya (@john-locke) said on 12th July 2013, 3:06

        How can you say that?
        Alonso and Massa were in third row all the time. Race pace was not bad ferrari, but nothing to compare the way to RB8…..

  4. Jon Sandor (@jonsan) said on 11th July 2013, 2:11

    Some of his problems this year have been odd, like somehow stalling the car in the middle of the track in Germany. Or the near identical lock-ups/crashes in Monaco. Those are rookie (or even sub-rookie) errors, and leave me wondering if there is not something to the rumors of Ferrari using his car as a test bed. I don’t believe he’s suddenly forgotten how to drive an F1 car. It would also explain why Ferrari are so firmly supportive of him when his results would seem to suggest they should looking to get rid of him.

  5. Mark McDonald said on 11th July 2013, 4:10

    Massa has had a good run in F1. Ferrari have acted honourably in keeping him. It is time for Felipe himself to call time on his career.

  6. anon said on 11th July 2013, 7:22

    The reason he has stayed after being uncompetitive for so long is because Alonso likes the situation.

    • zoom (@zoomracing) said on 11th July 2013, 11:39

      Do you realize that it makes zero sense, right?, Alonso want someone that can help him and get points from his rivals all the time, imagine 2010 and 2012 with a stronger Felipe, just a little stronger, Alonso will be now WDC x4.

  7. MG421982 (@) said on 11th July 2013, 8:29

    I’m a Ferrari fan, so I support every Ferrari driver… but Massa looks pretty much finished as an F1 driver if he doesn’t improve his game significantly.
    Also, lets’ cut the NO.1 and NO.2 STATUS ******** ! As long as Alonso is fighting for a podium place like every race while Massa DNFs or battles for lower points… where’s the NO.1 and NO.2 order ?!??! Nowhere, because it’s not needed ! Team orders surface when the drivers are following each other on the track.

  8. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 11th July 2013, 9:45

    Things like Felipe being a helluva nice chap, the good a job as he did pre-Hungary 2009 and his close relationship with the powers that be at Ferrari and seemingly every member of the team don’t matter from a pure sporting perspective. He is being well and truly thumped by Alonso and the longer he stays in the team the more he will tarnish his reputation (and unfortunately for him, swell Alonso’s). we all know how good he can be, but it has to be his time to go. What Ferrari need is some fresh, hungry, young blood in the team to come into the team and shake things up…much like Massa did when he replaced Barrichello.

    It is time to move on Felipe, for your own sake and for the sake of the Scuderia.

  9. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 11th July 2013, 10:03

    The reason for making public statements is just to keep the situation cool. Just like their colour, Ferrari are going red about Felipe’s performance which are significantly rocky to say the least.

    If Ferrari indeed had so much confidence and faith in Felipe then they wouldn’t have approached Mark Webber for 2013. In fact, they never even talked about it. Since Mark is an honest guy, he made it public about Ferrari’s offer otherwise we would have never known. Also they signed Felipe only for 1 year and not on a multiple year basis if they truly had the confidence.

    It’s a public secret that Fernando has a say in his team mate’s selection and Felipe is like a puppet who would only make some weird faces when told to give Fernando the preference and that’s all. Hence he finds no better driver than Felipe.

    I think this time though, Ferrari will run out of patience and will start hunting for other drivers and in my opinion it is about time they do so irrespective of Felipe’s performances

  10. kcarrey (@kcarrey) said on 11th July 2013, 11:30

    Massa will drive for Ferrari in 2014. It will be his last chance saloon.

  11. Tayyib (@m0nzaman) said on 11th July 2013, 12:30

    He cant have that many last chance saloons. I like Felipe a lot and its great to see him racing after the accident but he isn’t cutting it right now and Ferrari have to look to the future. Felipe isn’t the future. My guess is Alonso is gone after 2016, why not ready a driver in the next 2 years so that when Alonso is done they have a driver that is ready to lead the team and win consistently. My pick would be Nico Hulkenberg. Send Felipe to Sauber with Jules with a bit of Ferrari money behind them. It should work, and if Alonso wins his 3rd title he may opt to leave earlier. Hulkenberg can be a race winner.

  12. sbl on tour (@sbl-on-tour) said on 11th July 2013, 18:58

    think ferrari would need to pledge support for themselves, never mind massa, this is rapidly becoming another season to forget, yet again
    I am mighty cheesed off at the moment due to ferrari not getting their act together, again
    Will be in monza in sept and fully expect a ferrari victory, in fact i,d put me mortage on it, plus massa might even get second

    what a waste

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