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F1 Driver Review: Felipe Massa

Dec 17, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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After talking about the big stories and ranking our Top 10 drivers from the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship season, my colleague Chris Estrada and I are taking a look back on how each of the 23 Formula One drivers who took to the grid fared this past year.

Finishing eighth in what would be his last season wearing Ferrari scarlet was Felipe Massa…

FELIPE MASSA

No. 4 Ferrari
2013 Stats: 8th Place, 0 Wins, 1 Podium, 5 Top-5s, 15 Top-10s, 10 Laps Led
Average Start: 7.9
Average Finish: 8.7
DNFs: 2

DiZinno says: Ultimately the same old story for Massa in 2013 as it had been in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Good on his day, but often far in arrears of teammate Fernando Alonso. There were some races, particularly toward the end of the year, where Massa drove with a renewed tenacity after better qualifying efforts as he knew his F1 future was in doubt. But never did Massa seem like anything more like a supporting act, once again. A shame really when you consider his pre-Hungary 2009 Ferrari career, but it’s all been downhill since. A fresh start as team leader at Williams keeps the Brazilian on the grid, and likely hungrier in 2014.

Estrada says: Never a good thing when you get more than doubled up in points by your teammate. Massa often held his own in qualifying this year against Fernando Alonso, but the Spaniard had him covered when it counted on race days. He didn’t start off too badly with his lone podium finish (Spain) and three Top-5s in the first five races, but a mid-season rough patch that included two crashes during the Monaco weekend surely didn’t help in his futile bid to retain his seat at the Scuderia. However, with his new team Williams working to regain some semblance of its former glory, perhaps a fresh start there will ultimately do him some good.

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