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Massa: You have been warned!

2012-05-15 07:30

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.

'DROP-OFF FELT'

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.

FOURTH OVERALL

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."

Reuters

Comments
  • Mark - 2012-05-15 07:59

    I can see Perez taking his place soon.....

      Jono - 2012-05-15 09:24

      i am a big Massa fan and i actually hope he gets replaced by Perez and then hopefully goes to Sauber were he would be able to settle down and start over! i really think that will help him and i gaurintee you that he will perform much better in a sauber than what he is driving at the moment. Ferrari is to focused on Alonso and Massa must just tag along! All there time is spent on Alonso's car and to me that is unfair to then expect him to do well. 2008 all there attention was on him and look what he did! Please swap Massa and Perez!

      Jannas - 2012-05-15 23:31

      Agree with Mark, get the moving chicane out of the works Ferrari seat. They should have done it years ago. @Jono, do you really believe that the team will only focus on one car?? The only time they will do it is when that particular driver has a chance to win the championship but in the beginning of a new season? Compare his starts/podiums/race wins with he likes of Vettel/Hamilton/Schumi. Massa is the same quality driver as Rubens was, good but not brilliant. Even during the years when Ferrari ruled by winning the constructers title for years in a row, he could only manage a couple of race wins. Yes podiums, but because of the car and not his ability. The season when he nearly won the championship, with the best car, was his best ever and that is where it will stay. For the constructers title, you have to have TWO drivers....

      Jono - 2012-05-16 12:38

      Hey Jannas, Did you ever read the article about Ferrari delibratly slowing down the second driver? I understand what u are saying and i do agree with you about the 2 cars and all that...but you are talking about someone who gave Micheal a run for his money, who gave Kimi a beating. in 2008 he had a car that suited him, not neccessarly the best car on the grid. would be nice to see him in a new team with a decent car that suits his driving style beter and then you will see! its all about alonsó's style of driving and they build the car around him!

      Jannas - 2012-05-16 13:55

      But Jono, why do Ferrari build their cars around Alonso and why did Ferrari in their glory days with Schumi, build the car around Schumi and not Rubens or Massa? Surely, the design rule-book do clamp all teams down and all the drivers need to adapt their driving styles but still other top teams "second drivers" do contribute adequite points to the constructers champoinship. For years now Massa is part of the Ferrari family and with all that experience gained from being with one team only, he just can't produce a constant season (except 2008). In his years with Schumi, he will kick Schumi's ass in one race (same chassis design for that season) and the very next race he will drive his nose cone to pieces against a back marker, the next race he is complaining about oversteer etc...no consistend points coming in. I see Mercedes has the same "problem", only Rossberg contributes.

      Jono - 2012-05-16 15:36

      I understand and i dont dispute that alonso and schumi were there superior drivers and yes we put our main focus on them, i do understand that and to me that is unfair! they get the better race engineer, im sorry to say but Massa's pit stops are always a stuff up, i mean this weekend passed his last pit stop was 10 seconds?!! i just feel that he has always been playing second fiddle and never given the number one spot except for 2008. Alonso is an amazing driver, i just dont believe he is consistantly almost a second faster than Massa. Even when Alonso is struggeling with his car he is still a second faster than Massa? how do you explain that. even on Massa's best tracks he is faster than Massa by a second. That gap is to big to be just the driver. maybe if that gap was every second race oki i can accept it but not on every single lap...that to me is down to the car. Massa knows how to setup a car, he has enough exp for that and yet he still not able to bring that gap down to alonso although the cars are exactly the same according to you(when the cars were given to them). how do you explain that? thats why when i read the article about ferrari slowing there second driver down makes a person wonder a bit/allot! why they do it i dont know...

      Jono - 2012-05-17 08:57

      Its all got to do with the sponsors and keeping the sponsors happy! for example Perez at Sauber. I wont be suprised if he is the number one driver at the end of the year because of his sponsor backing him. Regardless if he is leaving the team or not. that is just an example of keeping the sponsors happy. But comming back to Massa...i would also like to know why the gap is so big between the two. Alonso is amazing and great and yes he might be the best, but...the same set of tyres, same day, same track and the "same car" there shouldnt be a second diff, not even .5 of a second diff per lap. and that is a big diff per lap!!!

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