In his eight seasons as an official Scuderia Ferrari driver, Felipe Massa experienced the sunset of the Michael Schumacher era as a protagonist and the last championship victories of the Prancing Horse: in 2007, when the Maranello team won the drivers’ title with Kimi Raikkonen and in 2008 as a constructor. Since then, the men from Maranello have no longer been able to celebrate a world title and in recent seasons the crisis has worsened even further, so much so that a driver of the historic Italian team has not climbed the top step of the podium since the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix with Sebastian Vettel. Clearly the team principal Mattia Binotto is aiming for the regulatory revolution scheduled for 2022 to try and overturn the hierarchies on the track, but surely the rival teams will not stand by and watch.
Felipe Massa does not see any substantial changes on the horizon: “When there are very big changes to the regulations, there can always be surprises, even if it will be difficult. I think the big teams will still be ahead, I think Mercedes and Red Bull, maybe Ferrari and McLaren“. The Brazilian was then asked about Ferrari’s problems in recet year and explaned: “I’m not surprised. The team’s best years were with Schumacher and those immediately following. Since 2009 it has ceased to be the reference team and this condition continues today. There have been many changes and it is important to have more clarity. But this is difficult for Ferrari,” – commented the 40-year-old from Sao Paulo.
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The proverbial Latin emotionality does not help the Italian team, according to what Ferrari Massa said to the Spaniards of As: “I hope that in 2022 Ferrari can win again. I will always cheer for Ferrari, but I know that winning is not easy. It takes a lot of hard work and more clarity to get good results. Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc form a very strong driver line-up, but winning depends on the car.” – Felipe Massa concluded.
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