Ferrari: Felipe is fully aware that he can count on our total confidence in him

Luca di Montezemolo watches Felipe Massa during the Spanish GP weekend

Luca di Montezemolo watches Felipe Massa during the Spanish GP weekend

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.

Feipe Massa in the spotlight again for all the wrong reasons

Feipe Massa in the spotlight again for all the wrong reasons

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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  • Ride me sideways

    I can see kobayashibin that car before the season is out

  • farizY

    @Ride me sideways

    Exactly!! I would love to see Kobayashi back in F1. He’s the sort of talent that F1 needs, unlike these pay drivers.

  • Lol.

    One thing I will say about Ferrari, they have been very supportive of Felipe following his accident and while he may have lost some of his edge, the team have really done their best with him. It’s just a shame because in 2008 he was incredible.

    Sadly, I think having to move over in 2010 for Fernando was the final nail.

  • tod

    Much as i like Felipe i cannot see him in F1 next season.
    I think the accident has never really left his mind.
    Very sad as he is/was a class driver.

  • visz963

    Massa’s performance has helped creating fame for Alonso for a long time now – something he does not deserve.

    lets put a decent driver in Massa’s place and see Alonso become second driver in a week.