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Felipe Massa’s Ferrari seat under scrutiny

Aug 3, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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Felipe Massa’s future at Ferrari has been thrown into doubt after team president Luca di Montezemolo admitted in an interview that he has spoken to the Brazilian driver about upping his game in the second half of the season.

So far in 2013, Massa has scored 61 points and claimed one podium finish at the Spanish Grand Prix, but he has failed to match the form of his teammate Fernando Alonso, causing Ferrari to fall behind Red Bull and Mercedes in the constructors’ championship. Despite being the second longest-serving driver in the team’s history, Massa’s future is somewhat uncertain.

“Felipe is a quick driver and a great guy,” Montezemolo explained to Corriere della Sera. “But in the past days, we were very clear with him: both he and us need results and points.

“Then, at some point, we will look one another in the eye and decide what to do.”

This is not the first time that Massa’s position with the team has come under scrutiny. The Brazilian driver came within one point of winning the 2008 world championship, but after a severe accident at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, he appeared to lose the ‘spark’ that saw him come so close to becoming Brazil’s first world champion since Ayrton Senna. However, this will need to be regained soon if he is to spend a ninth season with Ferrari in 2014.

  1. wiscpaul - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I’m a Ferrari fan, and I go back and forth with Massa’s future. I wish they would have kept Kimi and let Massa go. Then Ferrari would have Kimi and Alonso. But Massa has been starting well this year. He’s not afraid to mix it up. And eighth in the points is about all you can expect with the Redbull, Lotus, and Mercedes cars all running faster than the Ferraris. I normally vote to get rid of him, but for who? Di Resta maybe. Kobeyashi, me? Stay tuned…..

  2. dms5150 - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    I’m a Ferrari fan, but Massa has got to go. The guy can’t catch a break and its time for someone else to challenge Alonso. Would like to see Grosjean or Perez in the seat when their respective contracts are up.

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