Ferrari Dismissing Sebastian Vettel the “Right Option” : Felipe Massa

Published 09/18/2020, 6:22 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy -Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


Formula 1 witnessed one of the biggest collapses in performance for Ferrari this year. The team also team ended up deciding against renewing the contract of its senior-most driver for the 2021 season.

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Felipe Massa supported Ferrari and felt that the team took the “Right Option” on the Sebastian Vettel conundrum.

Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy -Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference | FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The former Formula 1 driver backed Ferrari in their decision to drop Sebastian Vettel for the next season. “Vettel’s time has passed, so much so that his results this year show that Ferrari may have taken the right option to not renew his contract,” said the Brazilian.

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Carlos Sainz is a good driver, young and has a lot to grow as well,” said Massa. “Of course, they need to have a competitive car before anything, but I hope for the sake of him and Ferrari.

Massa drove behind the wheel of one of the Prancing Stallion’s rides for 8 years. At one instance, he also came really close to taking his first championship title. However, Lewis Hamilton denied him that opportunity by besting Massa with a tally of one point.

Felipe Massa eventually jumped ship to Formula E and raced in it for the past two years and eventually announced his retirement. Massa is now in Brazil, as he will be competing in the Porsche Endurance Cup this year.

Felipe Massa on the struggling Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc

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Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during practice Bryn Lennon/Pool via REUTERS

Ferrari is experiencing one of its biggest downfalls in performance this year. This time last year, the team was holding onto P2 on the constructors’ table. Now, the team is struggling to even get into the Top-5 on the table.

Massa expressed his concern in watching Ferrari struggle in Formula 1 this season. “To see such an important team suffering this way is sad. Nobody wants to see Ferrari having these problems,” said Massa.

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Charles Leclerc did show some convincing performances at the start of this season. But the inconsistency of the car has not let either of the drivers to fight for a podium. During the Belgian Grand Prix, Ferrari’s race pace was slower than that of its customer teams.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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