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Italy’s Loss Is Our Gain

It is looking increasingly likely that Felipe Massa will leave the Ferrari Formula 1 team at the end of the season.  It is a great shame because it will be the end of Felipe’s hopes of ever winning the World Championship – something that would have happened 2 years ago, had it not been for another team’s cheating.




 Obviously I am too far removed from what has been happening with that team to really know, but it seems to me that Felipe is being subjected to an attempt at constructive dismissal.  Throughout the season his team mate has been favoured, culminating in a now infamous team order at the German Grand Prix in July, in which Felipe was instructed to yield his leading position.  This resulted in him coming second in a race that he would justifiably have won, and which occurred exactly 1 year after a near fatal crash.  Furthermore the public criticism from the team boss increases the humiliation, which I have no doubt was the intnetion.  Having been subject to this kind of undue stress myself  (which I have written about on a number of occasions), I can and do empathize.

 It is often tempting to just think that, because these are well paid sports stars, it does not really matter.  I disagree in this case.  Like anyone else with ambition Felipe Massa wants to succeed, and he has indeed shown that given a car good enough, that is precisely what he will do.  By placing Felipe in a position where he would only ever be second fiddle to Fernando Alonso, this entirely stifles his ambition.  No one with such ambition, and the ability to succeed, could stay with a team where there is not just such favouritism, but also demonstrated in a very public way.  Felipe has I am sure too much self respect for that.  He is better off with a team where his stills are appreciated, even if his ambitions may need to be modified, for example to be getting a team to consistently exceed expectations.

 Well Felipe, if you do leave Ferrari and join Force India, I would like to be the first one to welcome you to this cold climate.