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Ferrari and the Massa question: postponed but not forgotten

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Ferrari and the Massa question
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F errari is not a normal team. Nobody celebrates their victories as beautifully as the troupe from Maranello. And nobody is so under the microscope of the critics when they fail. When Fernando Alonso only finished fifth at the season opener in Melbourne and Felipe Massa had to give up in 13th place after a collision with Bruno Senna, the specialist magazine 'Autosprint' asked for the Brazilian to be replaced.

The names Jarno Trulli and Sergio Perez were thrown into the room. In the German-language gazettes, the name Adrian Sutil is currently often mentioned. When McLaren-Mercedes started the season on a similar level in 2009, no one challenged Heikki Kovalainen.

Ferrari cannot sacrifice technicians

Ferrari is always under pressure. If it gets too big, a pawn has to be made. Since Jean Todt left the president's seat, the racing team has been increasingly guided by public opinion in the press. Last year Aldo Costa had to leave. Today we know that the Technical Director at the time was fired to bring calm to the game.

Costa had just launched an extensive aerodynamic package. It was Costa's bad luck that it didn't work on her debut in Barcelona. Mainly because the engineers didn't immediately understand the benefits of blowing the diffuser on. Just a week later in Monte Carlo, the same concept was good enough for Alonso to race for victory with Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button. But after lapping Alonso in Barcelona one of them had to hold out his head. Costa was no longer on board in Monaco.

This time Ferrari cannot send any of the senior engineers into the desert. You wouldn't even have a replacement for it. In addition, one would have to admit that the aggressive design approach doesn't bring more than the allegedly conservative approach of its predecessors. Pat Fry, Nicolas Tombazis, Steve Clarke and Marco de Luca have to be kept because they built this car and are therefore the only ones who can pray for it.

No driver change in the middle of the season

So what would be easier to scapegoat the driver to reassure the media? Felipe Massa has certainly not forgotten how to drive. He just struggles to drive fast in a critical car. But who wouldn't have that, except for a Fernando Alonso? It has itLearned Minardi in 2001 and at Renault in 2008 and 2009. Do you remember where his teammates were in those years? Alonso drove them all to the wall by line and thread.

Stefano Domenicali is right when he says: 'We have to give Felipe back the confidence in the car. To do this, we need a better car.' Hopefully he will also remember it when the criticism gets louder again and the euphoria has subsided after the unexpected Malaysia victory. Or even better, he doesn't even have to act because his engineers can find a quick solution.

Ferrari would not benefit from replacing Massa in the middle of the season. Except more trouble. Anyone new to this team would face a mountain of difficulties. He should get to know the team. Then there is the car that puzzles even its own engineers and drivers. And he would have to compete against the most complete racing driver of our time, who already knows everything, is well networked in the team and can also drive quickly. An impossible task.

A Sergio Perez could ruin his career. The job would only be something for the hopeless who, in a kind of last resort, bet on everything or nothing. For example trulli or sutil. There is, by the way, a daunting example. Giancarlo Fisichella fulfilled his lifelong dream in 2009 and jumped five races for the injured Massa. With a car that is just as difficult to drive. Fisichella failed terribly at the time.

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