Exclusive: Karthikeyan replaces Massa at Ferrari with immediate effect

Narain Karthikeyan tries out his new Ferrari race suit at Maranello

Narain Karthikeyan tries out his new Ferrari race suit at Maranello

Apr.1 (Grand Prix 247) In a stunning development over the last 48 hours Ferrari are set to confirm that Narain Karthikeyan has been drafted in to the team to replace under performing Felipe Massa with immediate effect, in a move that is said to have been orchestrated by from ‘high up the Prancing Horse hierarchy’.

Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula One Team. Formula One World Championship, Australian Grand Prix, Rd1, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday 14 March 2012.

Very happy Narain at Maranello on the day of his seat fitting

Massa’s struggles with the team’s new F2012 have been well documented and it is understood that the order to replace Massa came from up high up after the Brazilian’s woeful display in Malaysia.

Speculation was rife that Sepang hero Sergio Perez would be drafted into the Maranello squad alongside Malaysian GP winner Fernando Alonso, but both Perez and Sauber denied this.

Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes, a flurry of high level negotiations between Ferrari and Tata (Karthikeyan’s backers) secured one of the most coveted seats in the sport for the Indian driver.

Money is said to have changed hands – although nothing like the amount that Santander brought to the table to secure a seat for Alonso in 2010 – and it appears that Massa’s F1 career is still alive as he will take up Karthikeyan’s vacated HRT seat alongside veteran Pedro de la Rosa.

It took several hours for Narain to feel fully comfortable in the Ferrari F2012

It took several hours for Narain to feel fully comfortable in the Ferrari F2012

A source close to Karthikeyan said, “Boy is he thrilled. He is now contracted to drive for Ferrari alongside Fernando for the rest of the season and will be able to prove his true talent.”

The same source was at Karthikeyan’s seat fitting at Maranello where he took the pictures illustrating this story with his iPhone. (Editor: Thanks Rajeev)

The source added, “Ferrari is amazing, in no time at all they had Narain in a red race suit, Ferrari branding all over his helmet and did a seat fitting to ensure that our man is comfortable in the cockpit. It was an awesome experience for Narain… and me.”

Karthikeyan is taller than Massa, thus there were some substantial mods which took several hours to complete before the Indian driver was fully comfortable in the F2012.

During a chat with Ferrari engineers Karthikeyan was asked if he was apprehensive about driving  a car that has not been very competitive despite Alonso’s win in Malaysia. Karthikeyan is believed to have replied: “It can’t be as bad as the bucket of shit HRT gave me to drive….”

Felipe Massa leaves Maranello with Nicolas Todt

Felipe Massa leaves Maranello with his manager Nicolas Todt

A friend of Massa, speaking anonymously to YallaF1.com said, “Felipe was disappointed with the decision, but accepts the challenge of HRT which he says is better than having to go to Indycars like Rubinho.”

Ferrari, Karthikeyan and Massa were unavailable for comment when contacted by YallaF1.com, however a team representative did confirm the driver swap and said “we are announcing exciting plans on Monday.”

When pressed for the reason behind the move, he responded by saying: “Narain had the balls to tell Vettel to shut up and that impressed the Ferrari boss. Also – off the record – no one can be as bad as Massa has been these past two races” and then shut off his phone.

A full official announcement is expected at Maranello at 12 GMT on Monday.

Note: This article was an April Fools spoof. Thanks!

  • Bob

    April fools :p

  • Patrick

    Here we go, April fools again…

  • arvin d

    you are full of it. April “FOOLS” day.

  • Yash Thawani

    April Fool!!!!!!!!!

  • chaitanya

    happy april fools day!!!! :-p

  • Jun

    hahah!! v funny!! happy fools day!! :P

  • James

    This is even much more ridiculous than last year’s April fool story!
    This is just too awkward to trick people

  • usman fasih

    kartikain can replace my driver, not massa in ferrari, this april fool or ferrari is fool

  • James

    Nice photoshop btw

  • Jusitn

    OH MY GOD !! Please say this is only a joke !! >.<

  • John

    I thought it was an April Fool when Ferrari took on Alonso. Only it wasn’t the 1st of April. Worse how much they’re paying him!

    Nice April Fool – Almost believeable what Ferrari would do!

  • Mike

    I guess the real April fools day joke is the fact that Ferrari is still keeping Massa on board…. Just saying….

  • Jason

    Nice try =)
    Perez signing for Ferrari would have been a more believable story. It would have been awesome because people may have believed this and caused an uproar!

  • devesh

    dis is a joke aint it yalla… well played…u got me…. jus in case dis is not a joke… hes only gonna last 2 races..alonso will crush him.

  • McLaren fan

    Nice one but!!!!! April the first and all that !!!!!

  • Nimeesha

    This is very hard to believe and the photos look like they have been photshopped recently…. Is this a joke? I think so.

  • wesley

    very nice to hear that after Narain being ill-treated at Malay

  • zouzou

    Lame lol, come up with something believable

  • kaka007

    it’s disgusting yalla…it’s more of an insult towards narain than being a prank..
    you could have had perez in place of narain, that could have been believable and more enjoyable

  • Mike

    It is April fool cos no other sports email site including Ferrari’s own has this B.S. beside ferrari would rather Vettel, or Perez, Button or Webber in their car not Karthikeyan

  • dannyp

    this has to be a joke narain is not good enough for a top team. if it is real get the cars performance up & give vettel a wake up call n hopefully the baby will quit. if its not real get the cars performance up anyway. i hate to see a ferrari with bad performance.

  • dannyp

    after taking a closer look at that helmet yeh that is 100% photoshopped.

  • http://blognewbie.tk millicent

    this cant be happening!! April Fools i might guess!!

  • sirchat

    Pls cant April 1st last the whole month….would love to see how story develops…….shame only 10hrs to go


    Shumi to partner Vettel at the Drinks co.

  • sirchat

    Mika Salo joining Redbull

  • Himanshu

    Itz April Fools Day from Yallaf1…lol

  • Nflux

    Best April fools joke…


    GREAT JOKE! Brazil 8X F1 world champion, India zero. HAHAAHAHAHHAHAAHHHAHHAHAHHAHHAH

  • BRasil

    Vou comer o cú dos indianos.

    não é 1 de abril.

  • Anta

    April Fools! :D. WHAT A GREAT JOKE!

  • Joe Kinnear

    Not a bad April Fools joke, but Felipe wouldn’t find it amusing.

  • Jacko

    Love the look on Felipe’s face. Must have been digging through the pictures file for a while looking for that one.

  • Kartik

    I really appreciate that The Images are pretty well morphed
    but do NK will get call from Ferrari in his Life time NO WAY
    It was the best April 1st Message for the world to laugh

  • callr

    sounds pretty normal,,,,, there both shit teams…….. + i dont think perez would take a step down tbh.. thats like vettel joining toro rosso……

  • Paul

    Given the rumors floating around about Ferrari, this was a bad joke and I can only imagine what Felipe felt!

  • haha

    Narain – Worst driver in F1 and only got the HRT seat cos nobody else would drive that thing! Anyway funny joke :)

    Get NKK out of f1 now for gods sake

  • A guy who respects people driving at 200 mph

    People……Those saying that Narain Karthikeyan should leave formula 1 because he “sucks” please shut up and leave……….clearly you guys have no idea how hard it is to drive a car without ABS, at 200 mph and sustain around 4gs of pressure on your body. If you knew anything about f1 you wouldn’t have posted this comment……….All i’m trying to say is give respect to those who deserve it…….He deserves it…….