Felipe Massa thinks that Sebastian Vettel hasn’t performed well enough in 2020, and says his former team is right to get rid of the German.
This season has been Ferrari’s worst in a long time with the team currently P6 in the Constructors’ Championship and rarely in the mix for podiums, let alone wins.
Speaking to AS, Massa, who drove for the team from 2006 to 2013, says that things were never so bad during his time there, and finds it sad to see.
“It is a very difficult moment for Ferrari. It is sad to see them like this, with all the problems they are having this year,” he said.
“Ferrari is a team that has an obligation to be competitive and when it is not, it is a very serious thing, not only for the fans but also for the people who work within the team.
“I have also had difficult years, in which the car was not competitive, but not like this year. I hope that the Ferrari situation will change soon, not for now, but for the next few years. It must be recognised that it is a very serious problem.”
Vettel, in particular, has had a poor year. He currently trails Charles Leclerc by 64 points and has, more often than not, been some way off his team-mate throughout race weekends.
Given this, Massa thinks that Ferrari has made the right call in dropping him and signing Carlos Sainz for the 2021 campaign, adding that he thinks the Spaniard can push Leclerc.
“The car is the most important thing. Without a competitive car, you cannot win and that does not depend on the drivers,” the Brazilian added.
“On the other hand, I think Sebastian’s moment is over, because he is not doing the job that one expects from a four-time World Champion and I think the team should make a change.
“It is not the best moment for Sebastian, he thinks that he is not being treated well and for the team, it is not good to have a driver in this situation, without being competitive. I think his departure was the best solution for both of them.
“I think that Sainz will be competitive. He already showed his speed when he debuted in Formula 1, but especially in the last two years, getting good results with McLaren and I think he can work well.
“Charles is in a great moment, it will not be easy for Sainz, but he can do a great job and be strong with Ferrari.”