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2012-05-15 07:30

IN THE RED: That's the level of credit Felipe Massa has with his team Ferrari so far in 2012. Now he's been warned...Image: AFP


Ferrari has added to the pressure on Felipe Massa after the 2012 Spanish F1 GP by highlighting how poorly the Brazilian has performed so far in the 2012 season.

The team has made it clear that it expects him to shift up a gear for the Monaco GP next week.

Massa has not been on the F1 podium since 2010; he;s scored only two points from five races this season. He not only collected a drive-through penalty in Spain on Sunday but also finished 15th and seven places behind McLaren's Lewis Hamilton who started from the back row in 24th.


Spanish team mate Fernando Alonso won in Malaysia, was second in his home race in Barcelona and is level with Red Bull's double World champion Sebastian Vettel at the top of the standings with 61 points.

Ferrari's website compared their relative performances at the same stage in 2011 and 2010.

"Fernando has always maintained a very high level (67 points, second place in 2010, 51 and fifth in 2011) while Felipe's drop off has made itself felt," it said. "The Brazilian had picked up 49 points two years ago and 24 the following year, while so far this season he has two.

"In Montmelo (Barcelona), Felipe was very unlucky, both in the race and in qualifying, but everyone, he more than anyone, is expecting a change of gear starting right away with the Monaco GP."

Massa lives in Monaco, which will host round six of the 2012 season. He's never won there: third in 2007 and 2008 are his best results there. Alonso won with Renault and McLaren in 2006 and 2007 respectively.


Team boss Stefano Domenicali said after Sunday's race: "We expect Felipe to react and fight back after this unlucky weekend, starting in Monaco. We absolutely need his points to also fight for the Constructors' title."

Ferrari is fourth overall, 21 points behind third-placed Lotus and 46 behind 2011 champion Red Bull, after starting the season with a car whose performance was some way off that of its rival.

Domenicali spoke also of the inspirational example of Manchester City's Italian manager Roberto Mancini, whose club won the Premier League title with two stoppage-time goals on Sunday.

"You always have to believe you can do it, even when the evidence has you believe the contrary," he said.

"Last night I watched the replay of the football matches involving the two Manchester sides and saw the determination with which Roberto Mancini continued to exhort his guys even when the situation seemed lost.

"It was an example for everyone involved in sport."

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