Ferrari Boss Issues Italian Ultimatum for Massa

Ferrari's president Luca di Montezemolo reacted after the Japanese Grand Prix, issuing what many consider an “Italian ultimatum” to his race driver Felipe Massa. The Brazilian failed to make a good impression at Suzuka this past weekend, qualifying 12th on the grid and crashing out of the race in the very first corner.

Believed to be an additional weapon for Fernando Alonso in his quest for a 3rd world title – considering that he is out of the title fight and can shed off points from the Spaniard's rivals – Massa did not do a great job this weekend.

I’m sorry for Felipe, who was certainly not lucky this weekend: I’m sure that he will be the surprise of the last three races of the season. After this bad day he will be desperately keen to react and we will do everything to give him the possibility to win,” said Di Montezemolo.

According to a report from La Razon newspaper, Di Montezemolo's message could be interpreted as an ultimatum “a la italiana,” meaning Massa is urged to up his game or face the consequences. Although he signed a 2-year extension to his current deal with the Scuderia, many reports suggested that his stay at Maranello would be conditioned by playing second fiddle to Alonso. Once that role becomes useless, so will his seat with Ferrari.

By comparison, the Ferrari boss praised Fernando Alonso for scoring “the best possible result” for Ferrari on a track that was considered Red Bull-friendly.

In the last six races our driver has taken three wins, one second and one third place, scoring the most points of anyone. We must continue down this path, seeking to make the podium every time,” added Di Montezemolo.
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