Ferrari have announced that Brazillian driver Felipe Massa has half the 2012 F1 season to prove himself. The driver, who narrowly missed out on the 2008 drivers championship, has had an awful time since his crash in Hungary, 2009. The Brazillian was struck above the eye by a wheel nut off the car of Rubens Barrichello and had to be taken to hospital and missed the rest of the 2009 season. In 2010, Massa had a difficult return after he was ordered to move over in Germany for team-mate Fernando Alonso while winning the race. He has only scored two podiums since then. To make matters worse, The best result he scored in 2011 was 5th place. He was also involved in several incidents with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.
Felipe will have half the season to prove himself. Stefano Domenicali and Luca di Montezemolo say that if Felipe continues his Sub-Standard performance from this year, he will not be racing with Ferrari in 2013.
“I am well aware that in some ways, the first part of the season will be more important than the second.” Felipe said. “When we reach the mid-point of the season, we will talk about my future and see what are the chances of continuing to work with Ferrari.”
Even though Robert Kubica recently broke his leg in a fall, He is still top of the list to replace Felipe Massa should he not perform to his full potential. And Fernando Alonso
recently came out backing his close friend saying “Robert is the best driver around and he will prove that when he returns to racing.”
However, Alonso did insist “I am very happy to have Felipe alongside me.”