I am a self confessed Massa fan, and I feel that people give him a lot of stick on this site. However, as the silly season continues I thought I’d review his season. Please comment below.
Australia: 4th: out qualified Alonso and was comfortably beating him in the race. Alonso got first choice of when to pit, however, so Felipe ran a lap too much on his tyres, dropping him down the order.
Malaysia: 5th: outqualified Alonso, only front row of the season for Ferrari (so far). Made a poor start but fought back.
China: 6th: Ran 2nd until Australia all over again. First stint one lap too many, dropped down order.
Bahrain: 15th: Bad start but was comfortable in 5th before two tyre failures meant dropped down order.
Spain: 3rd: great start, ran comfortably throughout with good overtakes to take first podium of the year.
Monaco: ret: heavy crash in practise meant missed Q1, car not put back together good enough, suspension failure in race.
Canada: 8th: spin in qualifying, great comeback from back of pack.
Britain: 6th: Blinding start, 6 places made up, tyre failure, amazing comeback.
Germany: ret: outqualified Alonso, gearbox selection problem in race, strange that he had gearbox issues in race and Alonso in practise?
Hungary: 8th: lost front wing early on but coped to have a good result.
Overview: I feel that Ferrari have obviously favoured Alonso this season by pitting him first, giving him better components etc, and Massa has proven that when the weekend comes together for him, he gets a great result.
Verdict: award another 1 year contract