Felipe Massa has clarified his recent assessment that the 2013 Ferrari is “on a different planet” compared to last year’s red car.
Although the Brazilian struggled for much of last season, the Maranello team and Fernando Alonso recovered sufficiently so that the Spaniard was a title challenger right until the last lap. Read more... (180 words, estimated 43 secs reading time)
Felipe Massa, who clocked the fastest overall time at last week’s Jerez test, has declared the Ferrari F138 “better” than its predecessor.
“It’s more consistent, better in braking, in and out of the corners and easier to understand,” he is quoted by Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper. Read more... (239 words, estimated 57 secs reading time)
Felipe Massa emotions were in the brazing zone on Thursday, despite putting Ferrari’s new F138 on top of the test timesheets at Jerez.
“It means nothing,” said the Brazilian. “Several teams have very quick and well balanced cars and so I am 100 per cent keeping my feet on the ground.” Read more... (389 words, estimated 1:33 mins reading time)
According to Red Bull’s Christian Horner, Felipe Massa is lucky to have kept his seat at Ferrari.
Asked if he would have inked a new deal with Brazilian Massa in 2013, Horner admitted: “No, I don’t think I would have. Unfortunately, it’s a tough business, and results-based,” he told the book The Official Formula 1 Season Review 2012. Read more... (256 words, estimated 1:01 mins reading time)
As was rumoured before F1 arrived in Austin last week, the latest developments for Fernando Alonso’s title-contending Ferrari did not work. Read more... (163 words, estimated 39 secs reading time)
Nov.19 (GMM) Stefano Domenicali had his head held high when he answered a clear “yes” to a post-race question from the media on Sunday.
Just before the race, Ferrari’s team boss had approved mechanics breaking a seal on Felipe Massa’s gearbox not to fix the unit, but simply to create a penalty that would benefit Fernando Alonso. Read more... (389 words, estimated 1:33 mins reading time)
Ferrari on Sunday sparked a pre-race controversy by deliberately inflicting a penalty on Felipe Massa.
A long-life gearbox rule means that breaking an official FIA ‘seal’ – usually necessary only in the event of a technical problem – incurs a five-place grid penalty. Read more... (330 words, estimated 1:19 mins reading time)
Felipe Massa has confirmed he had talks with some other teams before Ferrari re-signed him for 2013.
Earlier this year, as the Brazilian’s form slumped to a low, it was an open secret that the Maranello based team was seeking a new teammate for Fernando Alonso. Read more... (263 words, estimated 1:03 mins reading time)
With better form and a new contract in his pocket, Felipe Massa has revealed he is now “relieved” and much happier.
F1′s media has spent much of 2012 speculating about the Brazilian’s likely successor, as the 31-year-old struggled massively with flagging form. Now, his speed back on track and all signed up for another season, Massa admitted to Spain’s AS newspaper: “Yes, I’m relieved. Read more... (174 words, estimated 42 secs reading time)
Felipe Massa has revealed he can “understand” why he has not always been driving a car in the same specification as teammate Fernando Alonso at recent races.
It emerged in India last weekend that Brazilian Massa’s Ferrari was a specification behind championship contender Alonso’s, and it is believed the same will be true in Abu Dhabi as well. Read more... (181 words, estimated 43 secs reading time)