Ferrari 'expecting' Massa improvement in Monaco
15 May 2012 – Felipe Massa has suffered a miserable start to the 2012 season, having collected just a pair of points in comparison with his team-mate’s 61 over the opening five races. Acknowledging this, Team Principal Stefano Domenicali now expects a marked improvement as Formula 1 returns to Monte Carlo next weekend.
“As for an analysis of the Scuderia’s performance and its two drivers, Fernando (Alonso) has always maintained a very high level (67 points and second place in 2010, 51 and fifth place last year) while Felipe’s drop off has made itself felt,” Domenicali says in the latest post on the Ferrari team website.
“The Brazilian had picked up 49 points two years ago and 24 the following year, while so far this season he has just two. In Montmeló, Felipe was very unlucky, both in the race and in qualifying, but everyone - he more than anyone - is expecting a change of gear starting right away with the Monaco Grand Prix, his second home race.”
Massa has won 11 Grands Prix so far in his career – a figure which leaves him 26th in the all-time rankings and only two behind McLaren’s Jenson Button. He won two of the opening five races in both 2007 and 2008.