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Ferrari made right decision keeping Massa for 2013 – Domenicali



Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali says that right decision in keeping Felipe Massa for 2013 Formula 1 season. Currently Italian squad signed with him for a single season.

The first half of the last season Felipe Massa struggling with qualifying pace and consistent race finish. 2012 F1 first three races he finished with empty points, Japanese GP second place was his best in 2012 and also third place on the podium in his home race at Brazil was another best.

Also last season Ferrari grabbed second place in constructors’ championship from McLaren, Massa’s contribution was very significant for 2012 Ferrari milestone. The Brazilian took 122 points and set seventh place in drivers’ championship.

“I think the toughest part of Felipe’s career is now behind him,” Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said during the Wrooom ski meeting in Italy.

“After last summer his approach turned about and, as a result, his performance on track changed and he managed to show just how talented he is.

“I’m sure his problem was not linked to his contractual situation. Personally, there was a lot of pressure on me regarding possible changes, but in the interests of the team, I preferred to wait and today, I’m convinced that keeping Felipe in the Ferrari family was the right decision.

“His performance in the second half of the season contributed significantly to our second place in the constructors’ classification: for the team that is a strong point and for Fernando (Alonso), it provides further impetus to try even harder.”

Domenicali also added that Fernando Alonso’s great fighting spirit is a guarantee for himself and for the team, and Ferrari’s responsibility is to offer him aggressive car for next season.

“Fernando had an amazing season,” he said, “and we’ve been saying that for three years now, while he continues to astonish everyone. His strength as a champion and his great fighting spirit is a guarantee for himself and for the team.

“Our responsibility is to give him a car with which he can make the most of his abilities and his killer instinct.” He added.

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