Felipe Massa as we know is a former world championship contender and former lead driver of Ferrari. The word “Former” is obsolete in F1; getting pushed on to the limit by media and even by the team you work on for the slightest of mistakes which can put you on a firing spot.
What lingers on most people’s mind is how your career ends and not how great it is; the kind of things that is happening to the Brazilian. Apparently Felipe has lost out comprehensively in the previous season. Right after his life threatening crash at Hungaroring in 2009 he has never been at his best.
Ferrari put their faith in him and has backed him up even in worst case scenarios. Though playing his part as a second fiddle he feels comfortable with his team despite rumours that he will be sacked soon for his poor performances.
He has struggled to make it into Q3 – couple of seconds off from Alonso in Australia. Hoping to close gap new chassis were fitted to his car in Malaysian GP which had proven worthy but his race pace had been a questionable affair.
His return of form starting to show in the opening practice for Monaco having knocked out of Q2 in every race running. It seems like he loves the streets of Monaco – completing FP2 at top of timing screen and being able to sneak into top ten in Qualifying.
After all his return to form is a welcoming bonus for Ferrari which has been impacted hugely by his lack of point scoring finishes for Constructors’ title. He started alongside Kimi and looked comfortable with his wheel putting in some great laps to threat Hamilton. He locked down with Fernando for some point in the opening part of race .
On opting for one stop he graced the pirelli compounds to their extended limit and moved up by a place to finish sixth in only his second point scoring weekend after Bahrain.
I’m sure Ferrari would be pleased with having him as a helping hand to lift the Constructors’ Championship and who knows by the way it goes he might envisage podium finishes in this year’s long season of thrilling racing.