Massa still faces uncertain Formula One future
Felipe Massa’s position at Ferrari has been under pressure for quite some time now, but this time it looks like it will be his last season racing for Scuderia Ferrari, and maybe even his last season in Formula One altogether.
The only thing the Brazilian can do now is to perform well during the last seven races of the season, hoping Luca di Montezemolo will once again forgive him and give him another year. “There is no news on my future at the moment, but there’s no doubt that good results will help,” Massa confirmed. “I just need to keep pushing hard and getting good results, in the hope of hearing some good news soon,” he added.
“It’s always better to know what the situation is, as of course I want to know what I’m doing next year,” he admitted. “But I can tell you that it’s never happened that I’m in the car in the middle of the race and I start thinking about what I’ll do next year! However, I know that results are what matter, so if the situation arises where you have to take a risk in the race, then you have to think carefully about it, as you know your priority is to finish the race.”
Massa is one of the key figures to the 2013 drivers market, the same goes for Lewis Hamilton who still hasn’t signed a new contract with his current employer McLaren. Of course the rumours say Hamilton will go to Mercedes or Ferrari, which would mean Massa or Schumacher would have to find a new employer for the 2013 season, and that will not be easy, and thus retirement could be an option as well.
Ferrari President di Montezemolo has ruled out hiring Sauber’s Sergio Perez in 2013, as he thinks the Mexican is not experienced enough yet. “Next season is too early, to put a young guy to Ferrari with the pressure of Ferrari, you need more experience” said the flamboyant Ferrari boss recently.
But if Perez is too young and inexperienced, no other of the current talented young drivers in Formula One, like Daniel Ricciardo or Nico Hulkenberg, would be able to replace Massa at Ferrari. Ferrari needs a second driver to support their bid for not only the 2013 Drivers’ Championship, but also for the 2013 Constructors’ Championship.
Another possibility is Kimi Raikkonen moving back to his old Ferrari team, but Lotus maintain they already have contracted the flying Finn for 2013, but both parties have so far refused to confirm this.
Indeed, the future is uncertain for Massa, but on the other hand, if neither Hamilton nor Raikkonen would be interested in driving the second Ferrari alongside Fernando Alonso, Ferrari doesn’t have much of a choice and they might as well give Massa another chance in 2013.