Ferrari knows my worth, says Felipe Massa as 2014 verdict looms

Felipe Massa is confident Ferrari knows what he can offer the team with a decision on its 2014 Formula 1 driver line-up imminent

Ferrari knows my worth, says Felipe Massa as 2014 verdict looms

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo revealed on Saturday that the choice will be made "immediately after Monza" with the team unsure as to whether to retain the Brazilian for a ninth consecutive season.

Massa is in contention to remain at Ferrari next year, but di Montezmolo confirmed he was just one of a number of names under consideration.

"Montezemolo knows me 100 per cent, he knows what I can do, he knows my talent, he knows what I already did for the team," said Massa when asked by AUTOSPORT about his future.

"He knows how important it is next year to have experience for the new rules, for everybody, everything starts from zero."

Ferrari has suggested a strong result at Monza would strengthen Massa's case, but the Brazilian does not believe his fourth place will make any difference either way.

MASSA LINES UP ALTERNATIVES

He also hinted that, should Ferrari not take him on, other teams would also be interested in his services.

"I don't think this race is the most important thing, I have shown enough what I can do," he said.

"I have shown how I work with the team and everything, but I have shown enough to the other teams as well."

The 32-year-old had looked destined for third place having jumped to second at the start before ceding position to team-mate Fernando Alonso.

But he was vaulted in the pits by Red Bull driver Mark Webber, who pitted a lap earlier than him.

Massa admitted that not stopping on the same lap had cost him what would have been a second podium finish of the year.

"When you are fighting with another car, normally the car behind will stop one lap earlier," said Massa.

"But maybe we didn't do a good job on that strategy to maybe anticipate it and not allow him to stop before. It was a mistake."

Have your say on Felipe Massa's chances of staying at Ferrari in our AUTOSPORT forum debates

shares
comments
Italian GP: Kimi Raikkonen equal to Sebastian Vettel's pace - Lotus

Previous article

Italian GP: Kimi Raikkonen equal to Sebastian Vettel's pace - Lotus

Next article

Red Bull won't gain from 2014 Formula 1 tyre test, insists Pirelli

Red Bull won't gain from 2014 Formula 1 tyre test, insists Pirelli
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari
Author Edd Straw
The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Plus

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is no guarantee

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition Plus

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition

In 2017 new F1 technical regulations were supposed to add drama - and peg Mercedes back. STUART CODLING looks at the car which, while troubled, set the stage for the wide-bodied Formula 1 era

The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return Plus

The themes to watch in F1’s Imola return

Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Plus

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. BEN ANDERSON looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

Formula 1
Apr 12, 2021
The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture Plus

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture

Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says NIGEL ROEBUCK

Formula 1
Apr 10, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace

Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?

Formula 1
Apr 9, 2021
Are we at peak F1 right now? Plus

Are we at peak F1 right now?

For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak

Formula 1
Apr 8, 2021
How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021 Plus

How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021

The longer Red Bull can maintain a performance edge over Mercedes, the better the odds will be in the team’s favour against the defending world champions. But as the Bahrain Grand Prix showed, many more factors will be critical in the outcome of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship

Formula 1
Apr 7, 2021