It would be ungentlemanly of me to give away my loving mother’s age, but let’s just say that she recently became a septuagenarian. As I have mentioned here before, it is due to her that I have such a passion for motorsport and, at such a ripe, young age, she still shares that same passion and watches each and every Grand Prix just as I do. But there is one subject which is tearing us apart…a man has come between us. A little, Brazilian man, as a matter of fact. My F1B piece following the final race of last season on which I stated that Felipe Massa was the worst Ferrari driver ever very nearly cost me my Christmas. If that was the case then, this piece might just have my maternal parent crossing my name from her last will and testament.
With three races of the 2012 season now complete, a quick scan of the current points standings shows Felipe wallowing in 18th position. Just how bad is that? The only drivers behind him drive either a Caterham, an HRT or a Marussia. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso and Scuderia Ferrari currently sit 3rd in their respective championships. Massa, of course, has had nothing to do with the constructor’s placing as he has scored none of the team’s 37 points. While the Spaniard has scored in all three races, including one victory, his Brazilian teammate has placed no higher than 13th. Sorry to e-yell, but EVERY SINGLE DRIVER, apart from those from the three newest teams, have at least scored one point.
For the second year running, the most successful team in Formula One history seem to be carrying a driver who is contributing absolutely nothing to his employer. I don’t mean to call anyone Shirley, but surely something has to be done soon. I think we all know that Alonso probably gets more out of the car than most if any other driver should, so maybe Felipe is showing the car’s true pace or lack thereof. But if that’s the case, then Shirley…I mean, surely there has got to be someone else that can be given a chance to do just as bad. Could it really get any worse than Massa right now? Someone in Maranello needs to make that difficult decision.
If someone out there can tell me why Felipe Massa should stay in that red car, I would love to hear it. And please don’t give me that sob story about Ferrari feeling bad about the whole spring thing; that team didn’t grow a heart when Enzo died. And if someone could tell me why I’m undeserving of a birthday present from me mum next month, I’d love to hear that, too!