Domenicali: Massa knows what he has to do for Ferrari

17 August, 2012

Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari General Director and Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday 8 June 2012.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has supported Felipe Massa through thick and thin

Aug.17 (GMM) The forthcoming races are very important to Felipe Massa’s future, that is the claim of Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali, apparently rejecting reports the famous Maranello team has already decided to drop the Brazilian at the end of the current season.

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2012. Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday 8 July 2012.At the same time, however, Domenicali indicated that Massa has work to do if he is to secure a new deal for 2013.

“Felipe knows what he has to do,” the Italian is reported to have recently said.

Domenicali says Massa, who has upped his game in recent races after a dire start to the 2012 season, must “maximise his performance” in order to boost Ferrari’s ranking in the lucrative constructors’ championship.

“He knows there are some very important races in front of him as a driver and as a member of Ferrari,” he added.

And according to Domenicali, Ferrari – who have let the automatic 2013 option on Massa’s contract lapse – also has a responsibility.

“We need to improve the car and I am sure that Felipe will do a good job,” he said.

As for the rumours Ferrari is actively looking for a replacement for Massa, Domenicali said: “We are not in a hurry to make a decision on the lineup for 2013.”

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  • Forza Ferrari

    Whatever it takes, Massa simply must up his game or he will be out from Ferrari and Formula 1 for next season. He is a very nice guy, but niceness doesn’t mean anything in F1. Getting regularly onto the podium from now on should save his place in Ferrari. Tough mission, but definitely not mission impossible. Go Felipe & Go Ferrari!

  • Chris

    I guess Felipe will be in 2013 for Ferrari

  • Andy – London

    They just need a driver who can extract a little more out of the car – someone who can maybe bring it home from 4th-6th and grab an occasional win if in the right place at the right time.

    Alonso can’t win them the constructors title on his own, and Massa is really not helping.

  • Butterfly

    Now I’m getting curious – what does Felipe have to do besides driving the car? Is SD talking about signing a no2 contract, the kind where he moves out of the way of Fernando?

    It has to be more than just driving. If that’s true, then what is Felipe waiting for? Would he rather drive IndyCars than Ferrari F1 cars?

  • PRIVATE

    MR. MASSA IS A TOP DRIVER IN F1 LIKE MR. BARRICHELLO, NOW HE IS IN A TEAM OF F1: CHAOTIC AS THE FIRST DAY OF ARRIVAL TO THE FACTORY FERRARI MR. JAN TODT, NOW President of the FIA.
    TEAM FERRARI IS VERY OLD AND NOT UPDATED.
    TAKES ALWAYS THE WORST DECISIONS AND LOSES ALMOST ALWAYS; HAS ALREADY ¨RUINED ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP¨, LOST RACES, LOST IN OFFICIAL QUALIFICATIONS, AND MANY OTHER stupidity’ (THE ITALIAN TRADE MARC).
    ONLY IN THE PAST HAD MORE DEVELOPMENTS THAT OTHER TEAMS F1.
    IN THE TIME OF MICHAEL Schumacher THEY WERE DOING GOOD, NOW SUCKS … AND A LOT.
    VERY BAD DEAL WITH THE RIDERS TEAM FERRARI F1, THE TEAM : GIVE MORE IMPORTANCE TO THE MONEY THAN HAVE THE GOOD DRIVERS, THEY USE THEM AND throw away.
    MORE ON ‘ALL GOOD Brains, WHICH HAVE THEM IN FERRARI ARE GONE LIKE: MR ROSS BRAWN.

    I FOLLOW F1 SINCE A YOUNG BOY … ITALIANS SUCKS …

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