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The good news today for Felipe Massa is that he will be given another year to race for Ferrari. The team announced their decision today.

Massa has turned his season around since Silverstone and allowed the team to take a step up the World Constructor’s Title championship besting McLaren in the process via good race results from Massa. Up until Massa’s change in form, teammate Fernando Alonso was the only one scoring points regularly so the return of pace is a welcome sight to Ferrari.

Massa certainly seemed in better spirit this weekend in Korea and it showed with a 4th place finish and pace in hand.

 

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  • MIE

    Has he finally recovered from being asked to pull over for Alonso in Germany 2010. Massa certainly seemed far more cheerful over the past two races, and he now seems to be driving as well as he did in 2008. Alonso had better watch out!

    • Philippe

      Alonso doesn’t need to watch out, if Massa catches him, they will tell him that he is too close to Fernando.
      Or, if he is in front of him, he will have to move over… :-/

  • Don’t forget, at the beginning of the year, they both start with zero points. If Massa can maintain his pace over the winter break, he has an equal crack at the championship come March.

    As a Massa fan, I have been thrilled to see him back on pace. I’m confident he was faster than Fernando in Korea, which is saying something. With the Scuderia now in P2 in the constructor’s championship, it is no wonder they resigned him. Granted they’ve had some luck with McLaren DNFs and mechanical issues.

    “Fernando, Felipe is faster than you.”

    • Nathhulal

      “Don’t forget, at the beginning of the year, they both start with zero points. If Massa can maintain his pace over the winter break, he has an equal crack at the championship come March.”

      Wishful thinking. This is essentially an Alonso team. If you are on twitter(and follow both Felipe and Fernando) you must have noticed, Alonso was first to express his joy on resolution of Massa contract situation.

      As much as I am happy that Felipe has retained F1 drive with a front running team, his fate is pretty much sealed, he will have to spend rest of his days in Ferrari adapting quickly to car, strategy developed to meet Alonso’s need. If there is slight delay in adapting (as it happened in 2012 season) the media outlets will start driving the rumor mills in full speed.

      As it is the talk of the town is Nico Hulkenberg will now be Sauber’s project to prepare the driver for #2 Ferrari spot in 2014 season.

      • Jared

        “If there is slight delay in adapting (as it happened in 2012 season) the media outlets will start driving the rumor mills in full speed.”

        I don’t know that I’d call this a slight delay in adapting…

    • Mike Early

      “Fernando, Felipe is faster than you.”

  • Husker

    Well, that about ruined my day.

    -.-

  • LaunchControl

    Well that was a big surprise…. if your new to Formula 1 and Ferrari that is… About as unexpected and shocking when di Montezemolo start talking about 3 car teams…

  • Philip Pegler

    I doubt that there will be anything in Felipe Massa’s contract that states he is no.2 to Fernando Alonso. Ferrari’s philosophy is to have two strong drivers, one usually acknowledged by the media to be the dominant and the other to play the supporting role. However, no one from Ferrari has actually ever stated this as fact.

    It is likely that both Alonso and Massa are required to place the Ferrari team first, themselves second and each other third. Starting 2013 with even points, if Massa should start collecting more points than Alonso through the first half of the season, then it will be Alonso that plays the supporting role to Massa’s campaign.

    For all of the sceptics out there; just watch what happens and if I am right, just buy me the latest production Ferrari road car and we’ll call it even.

  • Karen

    I like Massa a lot, but I can say I expected that. I hope he does well though.

  • Jared

    I think there were other choices in the paddock though perhaps their first has now gone off to McLaren. Me, I’m glad to see him stay. He was on the bubble and finally turned it around. It seems like Massa is a bit more of a head case than other drivers but perhaps now that he’s swung back around he’ll stay in a good spot.