Ferrari Boss Offers Worthless Statement of Support for Struggling Felipe Massa

Craig ChristopherAnalyst IJuly 24, 2012

MONTREAL, CANADA - JUNE 07:  Felipe Massa of Brazil and Ferrari attends the drivers press conference during previews to the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 7, 2012 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Either Stefano Domenicali is a hypocrite, or he thinks we’re all idiots.

The Ferrari boss has come out with an incredibly disingenuous defence of struggling driver Felipe Massa, telling that Ferrari are out to protect Massa, no matter what.

We need to believe that Felipe can do the right job for the team and that's why we always said there's no pressure in that respect. We want for him to realise that he is part of us and we will protect him in all conditions. I'm sure that he will give back what the team is giving to him.

While their faith in the diminutive Brazilian is heartwarming, it’s also incredibly difficult to believe. reported that Red Bull driver Mark Webber has openly admitted to being approached by Ferrari to join the team in 2013.

Domenicali has also loudly proclaimed his admiration for Vettel and stated that the German would be a good fit alongside Fernando Alonso. reports him as saying, "I think they are both intelligent guys and they could easily coexist together."

Although Vettel has told that he has no formal agreement with Ferrari—either written or verbal—he has not denied talking to the Maranello outfit.

Not that the list stops with Vettel and Webber, either. The rumour mill had also had Sergio Perez—a Ferrari development driver—as a likely replacement, and also out-of-work drivers Adrian Sutil and Jarno Trulli as likely successors, according to

The message is clear—anyone but Felipe.

Massa's not helping himself, either. His sporadic bursts of form are followed by ineptitude or bad luck on the race track.

Massa has set himself an unachievable goal for the remainder of the season. He has boldly proclaimed that his target is to finish in the top five or six in the championship. Really!

He would be much better setting himself an achievable target like winning the 100-meter dash at the upcoming London Olympics.

Does he really think that he can go from his current 14th place to the top five?

Maybe if he contacts the idiots who threw tacks on the road at the Tour de France and get them to pay a visit to Red Bull...and McLaren...and Lotus-Renault...and Mercedes...and Sauber, all of whom have two drivers above him in the championship standings.

On current form, he would struggle if he challenged himself to get to the third qualifying session each race and then finish in the points.

He has, however, got one thing absolutely correct: Alonso needs someone to support him to claim the championship.

Unfortunately for Alonso, however, he's stuck with Massa. He’d better come up with a plan to win it all by himself.