Featured Articles

Will Race For Food: Felipe Massa Looking For 2011 Ride?

Posted in Ferrari, FIA, Formula 1, General, Politics, Racing by Kurt Ernst | May 25th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

Massa in Bahrain, 2010. Photo: Andrew Griffith

It’s a little early for the silly season to start (even in F1), but sponsorship dollars just aren’t what they used to be. Teams expect big name drivers to win races and championships, and the days of “next year will be your year” are long gone. Drivers with expiring contracts know that there’s no time like the present to shop around for a new employer.

Felipe Massa, number two man at Ferrari and currently fifth in driver points, is in this unfortunate position. His contract with Ferrari expires at the end of 2010, and speculation has either Mark Webber or Robert Kubica taking Massa’s seat for the 2011 season. Massa has directed his managers to open dialogue with “other strong F1 teams”, whatever that may mean. There aren’t many competitive F1 teams looking to replace drivers for next year, so Massa’s best hope may be to switch seats with either Webber (at Red Bull) or Kubica (at Renault).

Massa’s preference, of course, would be to stay with Ferrari, where he’s built relationships with his mechanics, engineers and support staff. Ferrari team principle Stefano Domenicali is disturbingly quiet on the subject, saying only, “We have a long contract with (Fernando) Alonso, and we trust Massa. He is doing a good job.” Sounds like damning with faint praise to me.

Source: Felipe Massa Looking for 2011 Team

Our Best Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2 Responses

  1. ds440 says:

    The cynic in me wonders how much of Massa’s opportunities at Ferrari were a result of Nicolas Todt (son of Jean Todt) being his manager. Granted, the senior Todt has been gone for some time, however, maybe those at Maranello feel as if the Felipe-experiment is over (?). Personally, I’d like to see what Kubica can do in a top team. The same cynic, however, is pretty certain that as long as Alonso is the ordained ‘golden child’…anyone else is just another #2.

  2. Kurt says:

    DS, I agree. Kubica has a long and successful career ahead of him, but would just be the “other driver on Alonso’s team” if he went to Ferrari.