Massa: My toughest moments at Ferrari were the accident and Hockenheim 2010
21 November, 2013
On his final weekend as a Ferrari F1 driver, Felipe Massa points to the German Grand Prix of 2010 and the freak accident at Hungaroring in 2009 as the toughest moments of his career with with the Maranello outfit.
When asked by members of the media in Sao Paulo Massa to describe the toughest moment of his career with the Reds, Massa replied, “I think the toughest moment was…definitely the accident was not a great moment and maybe the race in Hockenheim, 2010.”
The Brazilian was referring to the 2010 German Grand Prix when he was told by his race engineer Rob Smedley that his teammate Fernando Alonso was after than him – a thinly disguised team order to give way to the Spaniard.
This was the point in which Alonso took over the mantle of the team’s number one driver at the expense of Massa, and since then the balance of power within the team has remained weighted towards Alonso.
The death defying freak accident Massa suffered, during qualifying for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, and the subsequent return to the team after a long lay off is the other episode he was recollecting.
Nevertheless the Brazilian was in good spirits ahead of the season finale on home soil, saying, “I hope to enjoy my last race with Ferrari and want to thank everyone, including Stefano [Domenicali] as well, as he is big friend who did a lot for me. I want to have a lot of fun this weekend, ending with a good result – that would make it even more emotional.”
Massa will be joining Williams next, of which he said, “I come to another re-start to my career and I’m really looking forward to a change and going to Williams. I think I still have a lot to do in Formula 1. I am happy and motivated to drive for them and to help them be competitive again.”
Brazil has rich heritage in Formula 1 with the likes of Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet (Senior) and Emerson Fittipaldi all legends of the sport. The importance of having a Brazilian on the grid is soemthing which is close to Massa’s heart.
“The country has such a history in this sport, so many drivers, so many victories, so many Championships. For Brazil, Formula 1 is very important and we have motor racing in the blood. In the junior categories, things are not going so well in Brazil, so it is also important to give it a push to help for the future of this country in motor sport. I have been trying to help and to give ideas to the Brazilian federation,” said Massa.
Asked if he thought that the Maranello outfit would miss him, the Brazilian replied with a smile, “I hope so! That’s not something I think about really. I just hope Ferrari can also have a good future. I have nothing to complain about, because we had a very good time together. I hope I can have a fantastic future in a different team and I hope the same for Ferrari. I really have zero frustration in my life and that’s the way it is.”
Massa made his Formula 1 debut with Sauber in 2002 with Ferrari backing, in 2006 he was promoted to partner Michael Schumacher in the team. Since then he has amassed 36 podium finishes, of which 11 were victories and has started 15 times from pole position.
His last win for the team was at the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix. (GP247)
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