Ferrari’s Felipe Massa may not be Ferrari’s for much longer.
In his debut year at Ferrari in 2006, Massa finished an impressive 3rd in the Driver’s Championship. No doubt making Ferrari certain that they had made a sound investment in the young driver.
However, the following year Massa couldn’t improve on his results from the previous season but still finished an impressive 4th overall.
The following year’s Driver’s Championship had still not been won when the cars lined the grid at the final race in Brazil.
Massa was seven points behind Lewis Hamilton, meaning that Massa had to either finish first or second to win the championship, and Hamilton had to be outside the top 4 or 5 respectively.
On the final lap of the race, Massa was leading and Hamilton was 5th.
The Brazilian Grand Prix was being lead by a Brazilian driver who would be crowned World Champion if all the cars crossed the chequered flag in their current positions.
Massa won the race and for the briefest of times, was the 2008 Formula 1 World Champion.
Yet, a late mistake by Toyota’s Timo Glock saw Hamilton regain 4th place which handed him the sought after title.
Since 2009, Massa has consistently finished outside the top five overall.
Unfortunately, for the most part over the course of the last four seasons, he has misplaced the awesome form he once held.
To be fair, Massa was struck down with an injury in the middle of the 2009 season when a suspension spring that had fallen from Ruben Barrichello’s Brawn, hit his helmet at dangerous speeds.
Massa missed the rest of that season yet made a full recovery and triumphant return to racing by 2010.
It’s hard to say whether the accident has been a direct result to Massa’s poor form and if so, it’s a shame that such a talent has been taken because of it.
Regardless of this, it would seem that after seven seasons with the greatest Formula 1 team in history, Massa’s time with the Scuderia will soon come to an end.
Ferrari president, Luca di Montezemolo, has officially warned Massa that if he doesn’t improve in the second half of the season, he might be looking for a drive elsewhere.
Ferrari have supported Massa all of the way and continue to do so. Yet I believe it’s only a matter of time before they declare that they will continue to support him in other future endeavours outside of Ferrari.
Massa finished fourth last year at the U.S. Grand Prix. Will he still be racing for Ferrari come November? You can buy tickets to the 2013 U.S. Grand Prix here from Vivid Seats.