Massa: Ferrari feel "obliged" to win titles and that's their "problem"

03-02-2019 09:10
by Matt Gretton
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Massa: Ferrari feel obliged to win titles and that's their problem

Former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa insists the Ferrari team feel "obliged" to win the Formula 1 title every year. Massa claims this is what's causing the Italian team to fail.

Kimi Raikkonen remains the last Ferrari driver to win the world championship. A feat he achieved way back in 2007, the same year Jean Todt moved on. Last season, the Italian media ripped into Sebastian Vettel and boss Maurizio Arrivabene which resulted in additional pressure.

"A lot of things happen in a difficult way inside Ferrari in terms of pressure," Massa told Autosport.com.

"They feel this a lot. The inside of the team was always like this. There was a time that they felt less because they had more results, in the time of Jean Todt.

"Jean was a guy who had great leadership in every area of the team. He could put an area working together with the other ones without any pressure. After this, things happened in a very different way. Ferrari now is always feeling the pressure and the obligation to win, and this is a problem," added Massa, a driver who spent eight years at Ferrari.

Arrivabene walked through the exit door as the new year came in. Mattia Binotto is now the new principal, and Massa welcomes this change having worked with Binotto for many years.

"Binotto is a calm guy. He is a guy that has the capacity to work in a calmer way and maybe absorb less of this pressure that you have in Ferrari than Arrivabene," he added.

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