Montezemolo casts doubts over Massa’s Ferrari future
Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has cast doubts over Felipe Massa’s future at the Scuderia after warning the Brazilian that he needs to up his game if he wishes to stay for 2014.
Massa, whose contract expires at the end of 2013, has raced for Ferrari since 2006, but his recent results have left much to be desired, with a dip in form after what had been a strong start to the season.
Montezemolo has warned the Brazilian that his results must improve if he is to remain at the Maranello based squad next year.
“Felipe is a quick driver and a great guy,” Montezemolo told Corriere della Sera. “But in the past days, we were very clear with him: both he and us need results and points. Then, at some point, we will look one another in the eye and decide what to do.”
The 32-year-old faced a similar proposition last year, but turned his season around in the second half of the season, finishing in the points at every race and picking up podium finishes at Suzuka and at his home race in Interlagos.
Montezemolo also dismissed any idea that Ferrari were struggling to find drivers for 2014 and was insistent that Fernando Alonso would soon prove his championship winning qualities again.
“Sooner or later, every driver sends messages to Ferrari, a dream to be made reality for every champion. Even Ayrton Senna did it. However, even if I have lots of problems, finding drivers for the future is not one of them. Fernando Alonso is a true great, as I’ve said before. He has proved it and will prove it again, very soon.”
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