Fittipaldi says second half of season crucial to Massa’s future

Emerson Fittipaldi with Felipe Massa

Emerson Fittipaldi with Felipe Massa

Brazilian racing ‘legend’ Emerson Fittipaldi predicts that the second half of the 2013 season will be crucial to countryman Felipe Massa’s future in Formula 1.

Having emerged from his performance slump of 2012, Massa has more recently struggled with a string of crashes and spins that now threaten his place at Ferrari, where he only has a contract until the end of the season.

“I see Massa’s future as depending on how well he will go in the second half of this year,” Fittipaldi, a two-time world champion of the 70s, told Brazil’s Totalrace.

“He’s aggressive, he has talent and is very fast, but sometimes an athlete has phases where he cannot put it all together,” he explained.

“But I’m sure he will come out of it.”

Fittipaldi revealed that, in the midst of Massa’s string of incidents, he managed to speak face-to-face with the 32-year-old Paulista.

“I spoke to him at Silverstone and told him that every athlete goes through difficult times in his career – and this is not just in motor sport but in every sport.

“And, suddenly, everything comes back in your favour.”

Massa’s first chance to turn it around is this weekend in Hungary, the last race before the summer break and factory shutdowns.

“What I would like most of all,” said the Ferrari driver, “is to turn things around, because going on holiday with a good result under my belt would really make the difference.” (GMM)

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    Fittipaldi’s interest in Felipe Massa’s highly competitive beginning to the 2013 F1 season with Ferrari is of some considerable interest to all F1 fans, many of whom hope that Ferrari will ensure that Massa’s 2nd half of the season will not be marred by pressure being exerted to diminish this resurgence by Ferrari’s Spanish sponsor and their Spanish driver Alonso.