If the editors of Europe's top specialist publications were in charge at Ferrari
, Felipe Massa
would have no chance of signing a new contract for 2013. We reported on Monday that Germany's authoritative Auto Motor und Sport had ranked the Brazilian just 17th on its mid-season ranking of the best drivers of this year.
Now, the influential Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport has published its mid-season ranking -- and Brazilian Massa is dead last with a meagre score of 4.5 out of 10. Even HRT
's Narain Karthikeyan
(5/10) has his head above Massa's, but also struggling in Gazzetta's eyes is McLaren
's Jenson Button
, who was classified behind Charles Pic
and in a lowly 20th.
In contrast, Gazzetta gave Massa's teammate Fernando Alonso
a perfect ten, with Lewis Hamilton
(8.5) and Kimi Raikkonen
(8/10) second and third, ahead of the Red Bull drivers and then Romain Grosjean
. The newspaper said that while Alonso got "101 per cent from the car without major errors", the time has come after seven years at Ferrari for a "change of air" for Massa. (GMM)