Felipe Massa inexplicably spun out of the German Grand Prix which, coupled to a spate of recent crashes and below par performances, has renewed pressure on the Brazilian whose future at Ferrari is again being questioned.
But after a meeting with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo at Maranello, Massa can again count on the unwavering support of the Italian team as they are in no rush to make a decision on Fernando Alonso’s driving partner for 2014.
After what the team described as “a long and in depth meeting” meeting between the Ferrari boss and Massa, Montezemolo said, “Felipe is fully aware [that] he can count on our total confidence in him. 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 future? We will talk about that further down the line as there’s no hurry,” added Montezemolo.
Massa said, “I was here in Maranello for a day (Wednesday) at the simulator, as is the norm during the season. I was very pleased to meet the President: his passion and his will to win are always contagious and stimulating!”
Team principal Stefano Domenicali also expressed continued support for the driver, “I always said that we have a lot of confidence in Felipe. I know this is a very critical, very tough moment because he is the first to be disappointed.”
“The only thing to do is to stay always behind him and work hard with him because we need him to make sure we are fighting for the constructors’ championship.”
Ferrari is third on 180 points, three points behind Mercedes and 67 behind leaders Red Bull with 10 races to go. (GP247)
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