Ferrari Reaffirms Support for Massa
“More than what I have said I don't know what we have to do. I think that at the moment it is important to keep him calm and concentrated. He (Massa) knows that the team is totally behind him, there is no doubt about it,” said Domenicali in a recent interview with Autosport.
Shortly after the recent Japanese Grand Prix, when Massa failed to make it past the first corner of the race, Ferrari's president Luca di Montezemolo issued a statement in which he hinted that Massa would better up his game in the races to come. Heading to Korea, the Brazilian had two consecutive disappointing results - 8th place in Singapore and DNF in Japan – while Alonso scored one win and one podium.
However, despite common interpretation that Montezemolo was actually giving Massa an ultimatum, Domenicali begs to differ. Additionally, he is convinced that his driver will deliver some strong results in the remaining rounds of 2010, especially considering his usual good form in the closing stages of an F1 campaign (not to mention that the Brazilian GP is right around the corner).
“It is part of this game, it is part of this sport, part of this pressure from outside. But what we need to do is stay close to him, and he is very strong mentally. He is the first to show in the last races who he is, and what his real value is – which we know,” added the Italian boss.