Massa: I have no idea if it will jeopardise my future

It was an early shower for Felipe Massa in Germany

It was an early shower for Felipe Massa in Germany

Having recovered his career jeopardising form with a flurry of strong races at the end of last year, Felipe Massa is once again at risk of falling into another spiral that could cost him his Ferrari seat.

The Brazilian, re-signed only on a new one-year contract after his speculation blighted 2012 season, has been involved in a string of crashes and incidents, now stretching back several races to Monaco.

The latest was on Sunday at the Nurburgring, where Massa inexplicably spun and then stalled into retirement on lap four.

Asked if he is continuing to back the 32-year-old, despite other candidates like Nico Hulkenberg and Jules Bianchi looming large, team boss Stefano Domenicali said on Sunday: “Absolutely.”

“I have always said that we believe in him,” he is quoted by Russia’s Formula

“Yes, there are critical moments, and of course we are not happy with the results, but we have to support Felipe, because the team is fighting for the constructors’ championship. He knows that the team is 100 per cent behind him.”

Felipe Massa spun out inexplicably at Nurburgring

Felipe Massa spun out inexplicably at Nurburgring

Notwithstanding Domenicali’s quotes, even Massa acknowledged that he is not sure where he stands regarding 2014.

“I have no idea if it will jeopardise my future,” he is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace on Sunday. “The only thing I can say is that I am not happy with what happened today.”

It seems that Sunday was simply Massa’s latest driver error.

“I am serious enough to say that the team did not see anything wrong with the car,” Massa is quoted by O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper.

“The most important thing is that, as far as performance [goes], I was doing a great job this weekend, and that’s what matters for the next races,” added Massa.

“I’ve come out of a hole many times in the past, and one more will not make a difference.” (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    Ferrari are famous for never seeing anything wrong with the car

  • Stoner

    “I’ve come out of a hole many times in the past, and one more will not make a difference.”

    lol you idiot, you keep falling into the same hole again and again
    get a life, give Nico Hulk a chance, he would be much more worth than this guy

  • MacStar227

    Nico Hulkenberg for Ferrari!

  • Butterfly

    There’s nothing wrong with Felipe, it’s the car that’s crappy. Seems like we’re back to 2012 with the car being difficult to drive, Felipe making mistakes and Fernando getting much more points.

    This cannot go on forever, Domenicali must do something about the guy designing the car. That’s five crappy cars in a row.

    There’s always something wrong with it: either lacks downforce, traction, airflow separation during braking or DRS, too gentle on the tires and can’t get them into temperature, there’s always some big flaw with the design.

    Well, dear Stefano, you need all the bases covered to win any title. You have the best driver pairing on the grid, just get a proper designer on board. Or, you could put that guy that designed the Brawn car in the position of Chief Designer and fire that retard Nicholas Tombazis.

    Tombazis is the second Aldo Costa.

  • hahahaha

    if they change it will be Jules (who in my humble opinion is way too good for that crap of a Marussia) or a verry slight possibility for Hulk, Sutil or Di Resta. Jules has proven that he was quick in young driver testing in different cars! as was Robin Frijns.

  • Tamburello_1994

    Wow Butterfly I’m shocked at the honesty. . . . . . . .

    Couldn’t have said it better.

  • RoJo

    Well, I don’t agree that the car is that “crappy”. There might be some technical issues with qualifying performance, but most of the time the race performance was far from “crappy” this year – and Nando proved this again and again.

    And yes, Ferrari traditionally doesn’t accept criticism about their cars, this is true – only think of Prost’s famous dismissal after he (consciously) described his Ferrari F1 “handling like a truck”. But Felipe’s current performance is indeed far below expectations, reluctantly formulated. To me it looks as if he is unable to cope with the actual situation – with the car, with his team mate, with his position in the team.

    I assume we currently see him in his last F1 season – Ferrari will finally have to act to enhance chances on the constructeur’s championship in future…

  • Maleen

    I think its time for Ferrari to move on… Massa is an idiot… We need both cars scoring points not only great Alonso… Maybe Webber would be ideal…