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    Shocker: Ferrari Renews Massa's Contract / NBC Grabs USA's F1 Rights Thru 2017

    First, I couldn't be more disappointed that NBC has exclusive F1 rights. For our cross seas members, this is about as titanic as F1 moving from BBC to Sky Network. While NBC is by far the larger broadcaster, NBC isn't the best broadcasting network for racing and lately not even for sports in general (Olympic's aside). ABC and Fox do a far better job, with respect to camera work, cameras (HD always looks better on Fox), commentary, and pre-event / post event color and coverage. 

    All one needs to do is look at the bland and quite marginal job they do with IZOD-Indy Series. Speed's live coverage is wholly more intensive. Going to miss Bob Varsha and the rest of the team. I pray they don't get a bunch of "twangy" ex-NASCAR guys in the commentator seat. I'll probably resort to shoving cotton in my ears.

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    2:19AM EDT October 17. 2012 - MARANELLO, Italy (AP) — Ferrari extended Felipe Massa's contract for one more season Tuesday, a move that keeps pressure on the Brazilian to perform for the Formula One team.

    A brief statement from Ferrari said it had renewed the Brazilian's deal "to the end of the 2013 race season."

    "Ferrari is my sporting family and I've always raced in F1 with motors built in Maranello," said Massa, who previously competed with the Sauber team supplied by Ferrari. "I can't see myself at the wheel of a car powered by anyone else."

    The announcement came two days after Massa's fourth-place finish in the Korean Grand Prix.

    Massa also finished fourth in the Italian GP last month, then took second in the Japanese GP nine days ago for his first podium result in nearly two years.

    The 31-year-old Massa hasn't won a race since a life-threatening accident at the Hungarian GP in 2009. He is currently ninth in the drivers' standings.

    "He has shown himself to be competitive again and at his best recently, which is what we expect from every Ferrari driver," team principal Stefano Domenicali said. "We've always supported Felipe, even in the toughest times of his career. We're sure of his worth and that he'll know how to repay the confidence we've renewed in him."

    Massa's previous deal — a two-year agreement — was set to expire at the end of this season.

    Massa won a combined 11 races in his first three seasons with Ferrari. Next year will be his eighth season with the team.

    Lead Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso is currently in a tight championship battle with Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel, who hasn't hid his desire to drive for Ferrari one day.

    Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo addressed the Vettel situation on Monday.

    "I don't want to have two roosters in the same henhouse," Montezemolo said. "(I prefer) two drivers who race for Ferrari and not for themselves. I don't want problems and rivalries, which we didn't have between (Michael) Schumacher and (Eddie) Irvine, between Schumacher and (Rubens) Barrichello, between Alonso and Massa or Massa and Schumi or Massa and (Kimi) Raikkonen."


    Re: Shocker: Ferrari Renews Massa's Contract / NBC Grabs USA's F1 Rights Thru 2017

    A very smart move for NBC!  Not real happy about it, but quite impressed.


    Re: Shocker: Ferrari Renews Massa's Contract / NBC Grabs USA's F1 Rights Thru 2017

    Massa will be dumped at the end of 2013 ... so he will have to get used to the idea of driving a car not powered by a Ferrari engine if he is to remain in F1.

    He has narrowly avoided being dumped this year ... Ferrari need a no 2 to fill a seat till Vettel arrives ... Massa is already familiar and is the least-worst option.


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    Re: Shocker: Ferrari Renews Massa's Contract / NBC Grabs USA's F1 Rights Thru 2017

    There goes Ferrari's chance at the constructor's championship next season ...


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    Re: Shocker: Ferrari Renews Massa's Contract / NBC Grabs USA's F1 Rights Thru 2017


    +1 - I never understood the "one horse bet" at Ferrari....


    Re: Shocker: Ferrari Renews Massa's Contract / NBC Grabs USA's F1 Rights Thru 2017

    Given Massa's performance, Ferrari would have been better off calling back Ruben's or grabbing one of the prospects from the mid-tier teams. Massa just hasn't been himself since the 2009 track debris incident and as it stands, I don't think he will ever come back to form.


    Re: Shocker: Ferrari Renews Massa's Contract / NBC Grabs USA's F1 Rights Thru 2017

    Carlos from Spain:

    There goes Ferrari's chance at the constructor's championship next season ...

    I don't see a better alternative on the market for next year than Massa.


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    Re: Shocker: Ferrari Renews Massa's Contract / NBC Grabs USA's F1 Rights Thru 2017

    ChandokSmiley


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    Re: Shocker: Ferrari Renews Massa's Contract / NBC Grabs USA's F1 Rights Thru 2017

    REALZEUS:
    Carlos from Spain:

    There goes Ferrari's chance at the constructor's championship next season ...

    I don't see a better alternative on the market for next year than Massa.

    Maybe not at this late stage in the game were most drivers have already secured their next season but Massa has been performing absolutely miserably now for several seasons, they should have been working back then to secure someone for the 2013 season... he shouldn't even be behind a Ferrari this season.

    Would be "interesting" to say the least if Ferrari would temp Schumacher to go one more season still and make its his last back at Ferrari in 2013. He won't be winning races since he is no longer the driver he once was, but at least he would definately be outperforming Massa and scoring point for the constructors as well and good nostalgic PR stunt for Ferrari...


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    Re: Shocker: Ferrari Renews Massa's Contract / NBC Grabs USA's F1 Rights Thru 2017

    kudryavchik:

    ChandokSmiley

    Better yet get Grosjean and have him do his "F1 car bowling" abilities against the RBR's on each race Smiley


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    Re: Shocker: Ferrari Renews Massa's Contract / NBC Grabs USA's F1 Rights Thru 2017

    Grosjean would be like the enforcer on a hockey team.


    Re: Shocker: Ferrari Renews Massa's Contract / NBC Grabs USA's F1 Rights Thru 2017

    Carlos from Spain:

    Would be "interesting" to say the least if Ferrari would temp Schumacher to go one more season still and make its his last back at Ferrari in 2013. He won't be winning races since he is no longer the driver he once was, but at least he would definately be outperforming Massa and scoring point for the constructors as well and good nostalgic PR stunt for Ferrari...

    I seriously doubt that Schumacher is any better than Massa nowadays. After all, the little Brazilian has found himself recently and Roserg has shown the other German a clean pair of heels 3 years now. I reckon that noone is better than Massa from the available drivers and that's why he is staying.


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    Re: Shocker: Ferrari Renews Massa's Contract / NBC Grabs USA's F1 Rights Thru 2017

    Ferrari have always had a star driver and a not so good one, after the Villeneuve-Pironi tragic pairing. This strategy avoids destructive in-fighting and saves on salaries too.


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    SmileySmiley


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    Re: Shocker: Ferrari Renews Massa's Contract / NBC Grabs USA's F1 Rights Thru 2017

    reginos:

    Ferrari have always had a star driver and a not so good one, after the Villeneuve-Pironi tragic pairing. This strategy avoids destructive in-fighting and saves on salaries too.

    Well yes, but that's not what we are saying here. Is there a better driver on the market? I fail to see one. If Vettel would become available, then there could be an issue and Ferrari would not want two roosters in the hen-house as di Montezemelo put it. Smiley


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