Massa set to stay at Ferrari

Team boss Stefano Domenicali has hinted that Ferrari is likely to field an unchanged driver line-up for the 2011 season, despite the ongoing speculation about the future of Felipe Massa.

Massa is out of contract at the end of the season and paddock rumours have suggested that Ferrari were looking at both Robert Kubica and Mark Webber as possible replacements for the Brazilian.

However, in an interview with the BBC ahead of the Turkish GP this weekend, Domenicali revealed that he expects the team to retain its driver pairing for next season, with Massa set to be offered at least another year on his contract.

“Yes, I think so,” he replied when asked by former F1 racer Martin Brundle if a pairing of Alonso and Massa was likely again for 2011.

While Alonso won on his Ferrari debut in Bahrain, Massa has so far failed to win this season and hasn’t take to the podium since finishing third in Australia.

However, Domenicali insisted that, after a difficult run of form of recent races, he expected Massa to shine again soon, starting this weekend in Istanbul.

Massa has won three of the five races held in Turkey since the event joined the F1 calendar back in 2005

“He likes this place a lot,” Domenicali added. “Up to now, he was struggling with the hard tyres in certain conditions, so I think that is the area we need to work with him so he has more confidence in the car.

“In that respect, it’s easy to criticise a driver when he is not performing well, but on our side we need to make sure the package for him is the best. Then he has to prove the level of it.”

Domenicali’s comments come as Red Bull is reported to be closing in on extending Webber’s deal for another season.

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I doubt that Massa will be able to stay with Ferrari next, no matter what the contracts says.

He is just to far aways from Alonso´s performance.

But it is still in his hands. If he can beat Alonso in the the next 2 races at least one time, well that is a different story again. But he need to show superior performance.

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Mark Webber a possible replacement.. the 34ish yr old, 4m wide jawed number 2 to Vettel. Ferrari are going to put up with someone else’s number 2 driver? Webber is terrible. (please, please note, from an Australian) Vettel can win in a good car and a bad car, something we haven’t seen since Kimi Raikkonen. Webber can’t do that.

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Well Massa has a very good record at turkish gp, so he might outpace alonso this weekend. And I believe it is the car that doesn’t suit him, and that it was built to alonso’s preference.

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robert kubica is gonna make it to ferrari next year. inside rumours..

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Kubica will be perfect for this role. His performance with Renault is amazing. All he needs is a better car.

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It’s pretty early to start the silly season. If Massa wins a 2 of the next 6 races, all this talk about him leaving Ferrari will disappear. I’m not saying that there are not better drivers to be had, it just a bit early to write him off.

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I think ferrari will retain massa next year, He is very reasonably priced and performs well. It clear from his comments and the teams that the car isnt really suited to him. Struggle with tyre temp etc.

Alonso has a completely different drving style compared to massa. I dont think massa can vocalise or put forward the changes that wuold suit him, what with alonso on the side.

I think as a team raikkonen and massa provide a much more complete package. Its very difficult to work with alonso just look at his season in mclaren and his past years at renault.

Although kubica is good he wouldnt fare to well with alonso as his teammate, at least I think so.

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Kubica has strong character, as Alonso has…
he’s real fighter like guys in the old days so it would be pretty interesting to see what he can do with nice car…

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I think Felipe hasn’t fully recovered from the hit on his head last year, he’s driving on 98% of his capabilities, and in formula1 u have to be 100%.

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Massa has become what Barrichello was when he was at Ferrari.

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Agree with Aircool1303 Mass just is not the same since accident, at least not yet.

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I think if Massa quits himself well this weekend, he will definitely stay. He may well stay in spite of his recent record.

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looking at turkey. massa needs a better car.

ferrari are just too complex to put out a proper car.

clarkson said, either they do well at formula 1 and make lousy road cars.
or they suck at formula 1 and make really good road cars.

it’s the latter that’s doing well, so formula 1 won’t do well.

and anyone noticed every since domenicali took over ferrari have been shambles.

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@13 – Its true Stefano Domenacali doesnt know how to manufature winning cars and teams. Ever since Brawn and subsequenty Todt left they’ve been just about average. Which is not at all like ferrari.

Im in no postion to enjoy their road cars so I’d rather see them do better in F1.

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As i al ready said that massa is not race winning driver.rubert kubica is the best choice for 2011 season.Give alonso a 100%car he will give the best result.

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Kubica or bring back Kimi!

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Yeah didn’t he say a similar thing last season when asked about Kimi?

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Unfortunately Kimi will most likely never return to F1. He has achieved what he wa aiming for. With a little bit more luck, he could have been 3 time oder even 4 time WDC. I know, he isn´t.
So, although I must admit Jenson having performed great so far, it would be cool to see Kimi next to Lewis in McM. Basically everyone at McLaren liked him, well, maybe not Ron, so after this dishonerable leave from Ferrari, he could have well been fired to his maximum to go full throttle to pay ferrari what they deserve. Besides Ferrari killing his 2009 season by stopping their development and kicking him out to get Alonso, I ask mayself: What for? I mean, where are they now?
Whats this spanish egoistic super-developer doing there? The proposed best guy on the grid in the proposed best team, results in nothing?
Then why fire Kimi?

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No use to blame the car it was there fault they cant accept when they go wrong babies just like button

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Vettel is a German, and they hate losing, but History, Churchill and today proves that they always will.
What I find strange is that all these German/Austrian Cars mainly Mercedes/RedBull are all built in the UK by mostly British Engineers.
So no matter who wins I guarantee most of the work will have been done by Brits.
It shows how Schumarker got where he did, like all German antics their Integrity can sometimes be very questionable ”
i.e. [Daily Mirror] (YES Schumi is still at it)
Lewis Hamilton has backed Damon Hill’s decision to slap Michael Schumacher with a race-wrecking penalty. McLaren’s ace racer reckons the German legend tried to pull a faster one on stewards than he had on Fernando Alonso around the final bend of the Monte Carlo Grand Prix.

Yeah sure they won the Eurovision but if you look closely the song “Satellite” which was sung in English and was written by Writers Julie Frost and John Gordan both English speakers from America, so how comes an American Song wins for Germany, for it to win a song contest it has to be written by the entrants surely.?
Mind you I am so glad that Pete Waterman’s song came last, he is such a drip, after all he is the man who is totally responsible for taking the Rock & Roll out of British Popular Music.

Arny

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I think that the question really should have been where Domenicali sees his position being in 2011…

I mean, he kicked out Kimi (paying 45m€) to get Alonso in for being such a superb developer of the car. Now Domenicali has (as he described) the best driver and developer as well as the largest budget in F1 at his diposal and where are they? Answer: right behind Vitali Petrov…

So its good bye for Stefano by Monza-time this year.

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Its very strange at Ferrari at this moment,Alonso seems to have gone very quiet,yet I beleived he would be the next golden link of Ferrari,yet at the moment seems very lacklustre,( Yes I like Alonso,however I also like Massa).So for me the problem seems deeper routed,and as some of you have said they seem to lack real guidance from management!
So yes Massa should keep his drive,because I think all being equal he is proving to be just as good as Alonso at present.

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Massa is staying at ferrari untill end of 2012! woop woop

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