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Ferrari issued a warning to Massa “prove himself next season"

The Italian F1 outfit Ferrari’s President Luca di Montezemolo says that Massa will have to prove himself next season.

Massa was unsuccessful performance with Ferrari in this season. But his team-mate Fernando Alonso finished top on the podium in Silverstone and he is now third in drivers standing with 245 points. Massa makes 108 points only with sixth drivers standing. Massa standing behind 119 points gap with the Lewis Hamilton.

“Let’s hope [2012] goes well,” Montezemolo told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I have great confidence in our drivers and there seems to have been a clarification as regards the regulations. I’m sure we’ll have a more competitive car. The drivers? We have a contract with Fernando until 2016 and he’s the best driver in the world.

“Massa’s contract will run for the whole of next season; he’s been with us for quite a few years and even if he didn’t have such a great season or much luck, we can’t question the ability of a driver who was winning the title three years ago and who has always been fast and competitive. Let’s hope he can finish the season with a good result in Brazil, we expect great things from him in 2012 and then we’ll decide how to proceed. Let’s say he’ll have to prove himself next season.”

“A mark out of ten for our season? I’d give a 5 which I’ll raise to 6 considering the effort and the victory at Silverstone exactly 60 years after Ferrari’s first win in F1. But the season started badly, we didn’t interpret the regulations well and we didn’t take risks in the technology of our project.”


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