Massa to work during F1 break
28 March 2012, 18:24
Maranello, Italy - Ferrari's Felipe Massa ripped up his travel plans and
headed for his team's Maranello factory instead of home to Brazil after
failing to score any points in the first two races of the 2012 Formula 1
Massa has not stood on the podium since 2010. He finished 15th in Sunday's rain-hit 2012 Malaysian GP which was won by Spanish team mate Fernando Alonso.
He retired from the Australian season-opener the previous weekend.
'READY TO HELP'
has mounted that Massa could be replaced at Ferrari well before the
season is out but team boss Stefano Domenicali has been publicly
The Ferrari website quoted him as saying: "I well remember that, four years ago, in fact right after a Malaysian GP which was won for us by Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe was more or less in the same situation as today.
papers were demanding his immediate replacement and he managed to react
in the best way possible, thanks to support from the team, which saw
him win two of the next three races. We remember how that particular
season ended... he was World champion, even if it was only for a few
seconds, while we took our 16th Constructors' title," he said.
has changed his plans and, instead of heading home to see his family in
Brazil, he will be in Maranello tomorrow to work alongside the
engineers to calmly analyse everything that happened in these past two
races, trying to identify why he was not able to deliver that of which
he is capable," said Massa.
"That's the right spirit and we are here, ready to help him," he said.
The next race will be in China on April 15.
failed to win a point in the first two races of 2008, despite being on
pole in Malaysia. He then won in Bahrain, was second in Spain and won
again in Turkey.
The Brazilian would have been champion that year
had McLaren's Lewis Hamilton not beaten him by a single point after
securing the fifth place he needed by overtaking Toyota's Timo Glock
through the final curve of the last lap in Brazil after Massa had won
Alonso's win at Sepang was against the odds, with
Ferrari's new car uncompetitive in Australia, and Domenicali said having
the Spaniard leading the championship meant nothing and the problems
had not gone away.
Alonso was in Maranello after arriving there from Malaysia on Monday.