Well-known Brazilian commentator Reginaldo Leme has defended Felipe Massa, amid the Ferrari driver’s career crisis.
Massa’s Ferrari seat hangs in the balance, and according to his boss Stefano Domenicali, he will have to improve in order to simply stay on the F1 grid with any team next year. But Leme has pointed the finger of blame at Ferrari’s struggling F2012 car.
“It is very difficult to give an explanation for any driver’s bad phase,” Leme acknowledged on the Redacao Sportv programme. “The car is very bad. The fact that Alonso is always scoring (points) just shows that the Spaniard is the best driver of this generation.
“No other driver, however good, could get anything out of that car. I think that’s what’s happening with Massa,” said Leme.
Massa will drive Ferrari’s heavily updated Barcelona-spec car at the Mugello test next Wednesday, while Alonso will drive on Tuesday and Thursday.
Turning his attention to the 2012 championship, meanwhile, Reginaldo Leme said consistency is more important than ever before, with four separate teams having won races so far.
“Look at Webber — he has been fourth four times and is third in the championship. Hamilton has been third three times and is right in contention.”