Domenicali warns Massa that his Ferrari future is at stake
22 April, 2012
Apr.22 (GMM) Felipe Massa’s future in F1 is at stake in 2012, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has warned, saying that the struggling Brazilian driver, already fighting to keep his seat with the Maranello based team, “needs to improve” for the very sake of his “future in F1″.
Domenicali’s latest interview in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo indicates therefore that not only is Massa’s Ferrari seat in doubt, but that he might struggle to find any place on the grid next season.
Rubens Barrichello, once the great Michael Schumacher’s number two teammate at Ferrari, recently advised his friend Massa to “relax” as he faces being destroyed by the Italian marque’s new hero, Fernando Alonso.
“Felipe needs to accept,” said Domenicali, “that he is facing a very strong teammate. If not, that hurts him. He needs to assume a clear role rather than trying to take advantage — you need to learn from Fernando, not challenge him.
“That [challenging)] is the way to being destroyed by a teammate such as Alonso or Schumacher, who are real cannibals,” Domenicali insisted.
Apparently justifying Alonso’s dominant position, Domenicali said Ferrari has a “moral obligation” to champion the highly rated Spaniard.
That influence will extend to the selection of his 2013 teammate, Domenicali hinted.
“He [Alonso] has a central role in the team, and he therefore participates in the important issues,” said the Italian.