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Massa, 6 years Ferrari’s number 2.

25 Sep

Since the horrific crash in 2009 Felipe Massa has constantly been rumored to being replaced with other drivers with Sutil, Kubica and Perez being heavily linked to the seat. Pre 2009 though the second Ferrari seat was cemented as his and if it weren’t for the crash I believe we could still be seeing him challenge for victories and challenging Alonso on a regular occurrence. Lets look at the stats that matter first:

Points a race pre crash: 2.78

Points a race after crash (by pre 2010 points system): 2.75

Now although that looks very close if we exclude Massa’s years at Sauber where he picked up 27 points in 53 races (0.5 points a race) the results are different

Points a race pre crash just with Ferrari: 4.72

That result is much higher and almost double his post crash points a race and having not won a GP since the 2008 Brazilian GP where he took the drivers championship for 20 seconds it is looking more and more likely each year that there will have to be a replacement for him.

This year has been extremely pitiful for Massa no podiums and a season best of 5th which he’s achieved on 4 occasions, one reason for this is that whenever he’s looking fast something goes wrong, take Monaco where Hamilton ruined his race or the recent Monza where it was Webber or at Silverstone where he lost 4th at the penultimate corner to Hamilton or at Hungary where he spun off and drove the remainder with half a rear wing or Canada where he lost his front wing or Belgium where he had a puncture on his out lap or … you get the idea. This run of bad luck is pretty spectacular when you look through his whole season and see that of our so far 13 races more than 8 have been ruined by problems, and in some of those he was looking like he would get on the podium.

The Future:

Ferrari can’t stay patient with Massa for long but for next year he should be safe and if the bad luck disappears and the Ferrari is competitive he could prove that he deserves a place with the Scuderia but if he doesn’t then next year should be his last and he could be replaced with any number of drivers: Robert Kubica, who the Ferrari management will be keeping tabs on next season to see how he recovers from a major crash; Sergio Perez, who has potential piled on top of him and is set to be a big thing in the future but will probably need another season at Sauber before he can join Ferrari; or Jules Bianchi the young Ferrari reserve driver who should be able to break into F1 in the next couple of years and maybe even drivers like Jenson Button or Adrian Sutil who have been linked with the spot in the past.

If I was to make a guess I’d imagine the most likely of those is Perez as from what we’ve seen of him so far he’s looked like he could fill a Massa sized gap another reason this is likely is that Massa and Perez could swap and I think Sauber is one of the few teams who Massa would consider joining if he gets dropped.

But finally all this is doom and gloom for Massa, he’s had highs as well you know, being team mate to Schumacher and being able to keep up with him, coming so close to winning the 2008 season when he was still considered the no. 2 and for being such a good sport who’s a nice guy to talk to and willing to do things for the team few others would do, I mean, could you see either Hamilton or Button conceding a victory to their team mate, and maybe it’s that that makes his a driver who is admired by thousands.

Ferrari’s frantic starts.

23 Sep

With Fernando Alonso today admitting that Ferrari need to be contesting Grand Prixs earlier on in the season we look back at the last few years since they last managed it (2004).

2005, generally Ferrari have a style where they come back into the championship around half way through the year but 2005 is an exception, although they contested for GPs their efforts were constantly thwarted  and the only victory was in the United States, a race where all their rivals had to pull out due to tyre issues.

2006, The standard Ferrari season, win a few early on, Ferrari got 2/9 and then come back and dominate the second half of the season which they also did winning 7 out of the 9 remaining races, despite this comeback Alonso still took the title with ease beating Schumacher by 13 points.

2007, Maybe the greatest comeback ever, with Raikkonen needing to get 20 more points (20 points = 2 victories) than Hamilton in the last two races to take the championship a dominant performance by him in those last two races gave him  the championship by 1 point.  It was a good start to the season though for Ferrari winning the first 4/8 before before winning 5 of the last 9.

2008, Not what you’d expect of a Ferrari season, they were dominating taking 4 of the first 5 races before slowing down and only winning 4/13, this dismal end led to Massa losing the championship by 1 point, almost a reversal of the season before’s results.

2009, Was Ferraris worst start to the season for over a decade and it took until round 12 for them to take the top position on the podium and they took no more, Ferrari were 4th in the table 102 points behind Brawn in a year when a victory was only worth 10 points.

2010,  A season sketched on everyone’s mind, despite winning the first race Ferrari struggled in the next 9 races before Alonso got a car worth driving and winning 4/7 only not finishing on the podium once when he crashed out at Spa, even though they were suddenly the team to beat a weaker performance at Interlagos and a strategic error at Abu Dhabi ruined their season.

 

Ferrari want rain!

13 Feb

Ferrari are after rain at Jerez today, on twitter they posted “Now it is just matter to wait for rain, if it will ever come…”. They’re after the rain so they can try out Pirelli’s wet compound of tyre, that way they’ll know what they’re like before we get to Malaysia where it’s likely  that there will be rain, and a good chance of that rain being heavy. That’s the problem with only testing at tracks where rain isn’t that likely, and maybe one of the testing sessions should be somewhere like Spa where you’d expect there to be rain within the four days testing.

Ferrari news.

14 Jan

It’s looking very likely that Felipe will only have next season to save his career, despite Stefano Domenicali’s best efforts  to avoid the question, there is now not many people who can think he’ll have any more if next season’s as bad as last season. Massa, 28 has won 11 races out of his 134 in Formula 1 including a best finish of 2nd in the championship in 2008 when he was just beaten by Lewis Hamilton. On the topic, Massa’s said he will be better saying “I know I had a bad 2010”. Stefano has also announced  that he and Ferrari are hoping to have a “perfect” campaign to win both championships, In the last two seasons the Ferrari performance has been little for the Italian fans to sing about. Italians will also now know, that they will never get the GP in Rome which they were hoping for, this is quite a relief as it would be another street circuit and the races at street circuits are generally not as exciting. F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone sent a letter to the major of Rome, stating that they couldn’t have two races in one country, and that they couldn’t take Monza out because it’s untouchable, despite this Spain has two races (Valencia and Catalunya) which breaks Bernie’s rule, even if one of them is the European grand prix (an event not likely to be held in the future as some tracks are going to have to go, so that they can carry on adding races), Monza’s attendance was down this year but with a bit of luck it should go up again next year. Gianni Alemanno – the Major of Rome – who was hoping for both the Rome street circuit and Monza spoke to reporters saying “If there must be a choice between the two races we will take a step back.”

Red Bull’s Chief Strategist goes to Ferrari.

7 Jan

After the awful strategy by Ferrari in Abu Dhabi, Neil Martin (Red Bulls Chief Strategist) has joined them. In the final race of the year Alonso had the upper hand going in to the race, but a bad call by the team brought him out behind Petrov, and unable to win the championship. Ferrari will be hoping that this time with a new strategist they’ll be able to do better than that next season. Red Bull, don’t seem too upset, but have extended the contracts of 50 of it’s most important staff.

Bye Bye Badoer!

10 Dec

Long time test driver for Ferrari Luca Badoer has driven a Ferrari for the last time. In his final drive for Ferrari, he ran the 2009 F60 at the Bologna Motor show. After spending a third of his life -13 years- test driving the Scuderia Ferrari, the 39 year old has resigned from his role. Badoer raced two races after Felipe Massa’s injury last year, at Spa and Valencia both times not finishing in the points. He announced that his final drive was “emotional” and that he regretted only racing twice for the team.