That is the view of Keke Rosberg, the 1982 world champion and father of Mercedes race driver Nico.
Keke’s Finnish countryman Mika Salo, a former Ferrari driver, told MTV3 last week he was “surprised” Brazilian Massa kept his seat for 2012 after two consecutively poor seasons.
Massa already had a contract for 2012, but at the end of 2009 – when Kimi Raikkonen was replaced by Fernando Alonso – Ferrari showed it is not afraid of paying handsomely to end a deal.
So is Rosberg also surprised Massa is still Alonso’s teammate?
“I think that’s been influenced by the fact that they burned quite a lot of money with Kimi,” the 63-year-old said.
“They could have again paid off the guy with the contract and taken someone else, but at some point you have to be economically mindful — you can’t always go for the most expensive option,” added Rosberg.