Ferrari to decide Massa future by mid-2012

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa

Jan.13 (GMM) Felipe Massa has acknowledged that a bad start to the 2012 Formula 1 season could cost him his race seat at Ferrari.

Team bosses Stefano Domenicali and Luca di Montezemolo have stated openly that they are looking around at the alternatives should Brazilian Massa – a Ferrari driver since 2006 – continue his sub-standard form this year.

“I am well aware that in some ways, the first part of the season will be more important than the second,” the 30-year-old told reporters at Ferrari’s pre-season winter event in the Italian Dolomites.

“When we reach the mid-point of the season, we will talk about my future and see what are the chances of continuing to work with Ferrari,” said Massa.

Even amid news of his newly broken right leg, Robert Kubica’s name is reportedly near the top of the shortlist to succeed Massa — and Fernando Alonso gave the recovering Pole a vote of confidence this week.

“Robert is the best driver around and he will prove that when he returns to racing,” said the Spaniard, who was then asked if he can imagine friend Kubica as his 2013 teammate.

Alonso insisted: “I am very happy to have Felipe alongside me.”

But the veteran Brazilian will only be there if he is up to speed by mid-season, when Ferrari will make a decision so that Massa has time to find an alternate seat.

“Competitive teams always decide their plans ahead of time,” agreed Massa.

  • Evel

    Time to take the sleep out of your eyes Felipe and drive like you did in ’08.
    It’s now 3 years since your accident, stop being a little wimpish cry baby scared of being hit by stray parts and go for it.
    Can you imagine Senna being as scared after an accident as this little wimp?
    No Senna wasn’t afraid of contact, he was a real racer and his only focus was on winning.
    Now stop playing games with Lewis and go for it, unless you want to find yourself sitting behind the wheel of a Marussia of an HRT!

  • Joe Kinnear

    Just get rid of him, Ferrari. It’s better to give the seat to Kobayashi. He has the aggression that Ferrari desperately needs.

  • Sennauno

    @evel

    interesting encouragement…you must have recovered from a few 150 mph accidents on that arm chair of yours. Actually Senna never had an accident of the magnitude of Massa’s (except fo for the one that claimed his life). Massa suffered a fractured skull. Little can we fans comprehend not only the courage to recover from such life threatening accidents but the courage to drive an F1 at full tilt.

    Unless maybe your name is Niki Lauda, i suggest you’ve said enough :)

  • Tamburello_1994

    @ Sennauno

    Salute!

  • assad

    I realise ferrari have a tendancy as a team to neglect their number 2 drivers , re: barichello and to a point more recently felipe in regards to allowing alonso to pass him. However, having said that I do believe he has a rapore with the team that we outsiders do not recognise and the importance it has played to keep him in the team even after a terrible season post accident era.

    It shows that they still believe in him and also have a good feeling for his driving skills, they done away with raikonnen who at times did not have a good team player image but massa survived. I just wish him the best of luck, he has made his mark in formula one, survived a horrible accident and has made the money that most of us cannot fathom in many lifetimes!!! Good for him and his family.

  • Froggy

    evel,is quite unkind and disrespectful,comments of this nature can only emanate from a frustrated buffoon,who most likely has a very small penis.The difference between Evelyn sorry,Evel. and Massa Is that the later as a set of balls between his legs.