German GP: Massa’s replacement

For once, I agree with James Allen. Ferrari needs to start wondering whether Felipe Massa has the ability to win an F1 world championship, and they need to have a think about getting someone like Kovalainen or Kubica on the phone.

Excellent James, a fine comment, well made. Makes a change from all those excruciating cliches.

We mustn’t forget that Massa was placed at Ferrari by the son of then team principle, Jean Todt. Nicholas Todt has managed the Ferrari journeyman for a few years now, and it was a cosy placement indeed from Jean, putting his son’s driver into a big-paying seat with the world’s best-known F1 team, first as a tester, then as a racer to replace Rubens Barrichello next to Michael Schumacher.

Don’t forget, a driver’s manager pockets a goodly percentage of his charge’s income. Why not direct that income stream toward your own son?

Todt wouldn’t have given him the drive just for that reason, of course. Massa is by no means bad. On occasion, Massa has actually been good, fast, when things suit him, when things go his way and the surface is dry and consistent and he likes the track.

But when things get tough, when it gets knife-edge close, as it will tend to in a championship battle, Massa – unlike Raikkonen – isn’t up to it.

He just isn’t consistent enough, doesn’t have the mental strength or resilience to take on the world’s best, and I’m starting to get angry about his presence at the Scuderia.

Even when Massa seems on top of things, I can’t help wondering when his next disaster will strike, when his brain will short circuit. It is a waste of a tremendous F1 seat and it’s time for a change.

So, let’s assume Ferrari is now considering a replacement for Massa. Who would be the strongest partner for Kimi, the reigning World Champion (who had an off day in Germany, but will bounce back like the champion he is)?

Who would you like to see in that second Ferrari seat next year? Assume that Ferrari could buy any driver out of his contract other than Hamilton – no, they can’t have Lewis. Not yet. But anyone else…

Who would you like to see in there?

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to capri dave

nick is a brilliant driver moron

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Massa is worth of a good F1 car seat. He should stay at Ferrari. Ridiculous afirmations about one’s ability to drive and to resist presure.

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bring back schumacher!!!

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2 of my frinds and me love massa,i hope he dosent have to go

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get rid of massa hes a long faced freak that can only drive when he needs the money

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Danica Patrick
Jeff Gordon
Bruno Senna (oh no his supreme background should never be mixed with ferrari blood)
Fernando Alonso
Anthony Hamilton (seen as how he attends everything in the f1 scene and is good at crashing – good schumacher replacement in that respect then)
Stirling Moss
John Watson

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Massa’s replacement?? How many points did he have? How many points did Kimi have?? Seems to me like they both need to go in exchange for either of the following:
Alonso
Kubica
Vettel

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hahaha!
you were all wrong!
massa nearly won the championship!
he deserves his seat more than kimi!
Kubica will win next year cos he is the best!
BMW are a lot better than mclaren!
and kovvy will come good next year! he will beat hamilton!
bring back Montreal!

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ferrari used to be the best f1 team around. and lewis now is the best. hes in mclaren. i hate mclaren. So just send lewis to ferrari! itll be awesome. best driver, best team

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UMm Massa has’nt done too bad due to the circumstance’s of ferrari this year .That freak accident has put him out for a while i dont think people should talk about replacing him with webber,kubica and co , i think its a load of rubbish,until Massa makes a descision on what he does after his recovery,there is 3 driver’s who know that ferrari better than anybody,BODOER ,GENE AND SCHUMACER, Massa is ill everyone leave him alone!Remember everyone, he out paced Schumacer a numerous occasions whilst they were team mates!

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