The Brazilian Felipe Massa will challenge with brand new Ferrari chassis for upcoming Malaysian Grand Prix. Last weekend at Melbourne Ferrari speedy Massa dissatisfied with qualifying pace and race performance, Massa out-qualified by team-mate Alonso and retired from race with an unfortunate incident.
Ferrari still trust Massa he will come-back to better form, the Italian outfit has chosen to change his current chassis with immediate effect, upcoming weekend in Sepang he will race with chassis number 294.
Statement on the Ferrari F1 website said: “Felipe has certainly been the target of criticism after the race in Albert Park. But the Brazilian driver is used to this situation and remembers well 2008 when after two races – Australia and Malaysia – he had a zero in the point’s column and many of the media were calling for him to be fired on the spot. Many of those commentators had to change their minds given that only a few exceptional circumstances – from the piston in Budapest to the pit stop in Singapore to cite the most striking examples – denied him the world championship.”
“Felipe knows he can count on the team to do everything, both from the technical and the operational point of view, to put him in a better state to show off his talents – even at the cost of extra work in these few days that separate the Australian race from the one in Malaysia. For example work has already begun in the Sepang pits to prepare chassis number 294, which replaces the number 293 and will be used by the Brazilian in the second race of the season. This choice was taken to clear up any doubts about the unusual performance of his car during the weekend at Albert Park.”
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