Felipe Massa s poor start to the season has fuelled rumours that the Brazilian driver will not be with the scarlet-clad Ferrari team for much longer. Massa has failed to finish either race of the 2008 season and has left him with 0 points in the championship, 14 points behind current drivers championship leader Lewis Hamilton.
Despite the lack of clarity over what caused the accident in Sepang, Massa is keen not to take responsibility. “I don t know what happened I just lost the car completely,â€ he explained. “There was strange behaviour on the rear so I don t know.â€ However many believe that the problem lies with the driver rather than the car, and Ferrari have yet to confirm the source of the Sepang spin. Because Massa had a similar incident in Australia, some now believe that the Brazilian is struggling to adapt to a car without traction control.
Thanks to his dual retirement, there are now strong rumours that despite the Brazilian having an ongoing contract with Ferrari, it is likely that another driver possible Sebastien Vettel or even Fernando Alonso will be driving for Ferrari in 2009.
Fernando Alonso has said that it is logical that people are talking about team transfers, and although it is too early to speculate, has not ruled himself out of the running.
“It is too early to talk about team transfers,â€ he said to Spanish newspaper Diario AS. “However Massa has had two poor races with errors therefore it is logical that some people are talking about Vettel and me.
“I have always wanted to be in the best car in the field. I am driving for Renault now because I won in 2005 and 2006 and I want to win again if not this year, then next. It is clear already that Ferrari has one of the best cars.â€