Massa confident Vettel's time in F1 'has passed'

  • Published on 20 Sep 2020 16:20
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  • By: Coilin Higgins

Former F1 driver Felipe Massa has stated his belief that 'time has passed' for Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, as the German departs the team for Aston Martin at the end of the year.

Last May, it was announced that Vettel would make way at the team for McLaren's Carlos Sainz, while during Ferrari's 1000th reace celebreations during last weekend's Tuscan Grand Prix, Racing Point announced Vettel was set to replace Sergio Perez as the team becomes Aston Martin for the new season.

Massa, who raced with the Italian team for eight seasons between 2006 and 2013, claimed Vettel;s results in recent races suggests to the team that it was not the right option in renewing his contract for the season.

"Vettel's time has passed, so much so that his results this year show that Ferrari may have taken the right option not to renew his contract," Massa recently told Brazilian media outlet Globo.

"Nobody wants to see Ferrari having these problems. It is an exceptional team, and without a doubt different from the others. Almost like a religion."

Massa also spoke fondly of Sainz, who will partner Charles Leclerc at the team for two years from next season.

The Brazillian driver hoped that the team would allow Sainz to mature and grow as a driver but was concerned that Ferrari will not be able to improve on the problems suffered this year so far.


"Carlos Sainz is a good driver—young and has a lot of room to grow. Of course they need a competitive car before anything, but I hope for the sake of him and Ferrari that they get it."

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  • Dert38

    Posts: 377

    Zombied mens but smart enough :)

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    • Sep 20 2020 - 19:34
  • He was never famous for his wit.

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    • Sep 21 2020 - 01:59
  • xoya

    Posts: 583

    I kind of agree with him.
    Vettel will not get another chance like the one he had at Red Bull.
    His only hope is that the Aston Martin nails it in 2022.
    If that doesn't happen, then he will be a midfield driver for as long as he is in F1.

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    • Sep 21 2020 - 11:40
  • Vettel is done. He cant beat max, lec, norris, russell in the future. Obviously cant beat Lewis now

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    • Sep 21 2020 - 13:41
    • f1ski

      Posts: 726

      Wonder how fast lewis would be in the ferrari and vice a versa

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      • Sep 21 2020 - 21:31
    • Faster than Leclerc quite more often than Vettel did ( honestly ), and wouldnt have been sacked by Ferrari.

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      • Sep 22 2020 - 07:11
  • Mansell

    Posts: 104

    Coming from someone who should have retired after a head injury that's a bit rich

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    • Sep 21 2020 - 22:36
  • When Seb has a good car that suits him, he can do miracles.
    Last year's Russian GP proves it.

    Leclerc was lagging behind crying.
    And then Ferrari offered him the undercut.

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    • Sep 22 2020 - 12:15
  • Hmm, he might be right but I don’t like to see ex drivers launching an attack on their former competitors - just smacks of Ego over competence - I would put my money on Vettel beating massa in equally machines 8 times out fo 10.

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    • Sep 22 2020 - 19:29
  • Norbert

    Posts: 108

    Mr. Sebastian Vettel grow his hair as long as Samson, center himself, and find his true crushing strength again.

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    • Sep 23 2020 - 08:52
  • I agree. Seems to me Vettel's no longer on the edge.

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    • Oct 20 2020 - 09:49

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