I was checking out the SA F1 thread earlier and I came up with a little insight about Massa that I thought I’d share here as well. A lot of people seem to dislike Massa, which is something I really don’t think the Brazilian deserves. In fact it’s pretty amazing that the guy manages to get out of bed in the morning at all.
Massa’s a guy who’s been clobbered by bad luck and poor team management into becoming the Okay Guy of F1.
First season with Ferrari (2006), is third in the WDC behind Alonso and Schumacher. The next year, finishes fourth behind his teammate and two enormous (and duelling) talents at McLaren. 2008, he gets screwed out of a decent finish in Singapore by a)Flavio and b)his own team’s stupid traffic lights scheme, and loses the WDC by the slimmest of margins and at the last possible moment (bonus: this happens in front of the home crowd as he’s just won the race). 2009, he’s doing all right right up until Barrichello’s car throws up a spring that hits him right in the face, nearly killing him. And when he comes back the next year — briefly leading the championship early in the season, it must be said — he’s basically shoved aside into a supporting role by his own team in a rather public, obvious and humiliating way.
Granted that I’m not an F1 racer, but at that point I’d be convinced that there’s some sort of a curse on me and phone it in while Ferrari’s elephant paychecks keep clearing.
Webber has nothing on Massa when it comes to bad luck.
I think it’s worth thinking about, especially since we still have a full two weeks to wait until Australia.