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Would Massa be a worthy world champion?

Formula One
by Andrew Benson (U1647787) 09 October 2008
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Juan Pablo Montoya raced against Felipe Massa in Formula One for four years and it was plenty of time for him to form an assessment of the ability of Lewis Hamilton's rival for this year's world title.

Montoya, a former Williams and McLaren driver now racing in the American Nascar series, was asked recently whether Massa had the talent to be world champion.

"Next question," he said. "We'll skip that one."

Montoya's evasiveness reflected an apparently widespread belief that it would somehow not be quite right if Massa eroded Hamilton's useful but far from commanding seven-point advantage in the three remaining Grands Prix and won this year's drivers' title.

The general perception of the Brazilian throughout F1 is pretty straightforward - he's quick, but a bit wild and unpredictable, and too lacking in consistency and all-round qualities to be considered truly out of the top drawer.

But how fair is that assessment?

Read the full article news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/mot... and tell us what you think.

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posted Oct 20, 2008

606 is a forum for subjectivity, jealousy(yes people, what I've said IS true) and hostility. Is it really my fault I've more money and better racing connections? Britain: Class system, surveillance systems, socialism
Why not start analyzing drivers using OBJECTIVE MEANS! Wow, what an Idea! An objective analysis will inform you that Lewis Hamilton is a midfielder(WOW, just like he was in his karting career).

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posted Oct 20, 2008

sounds like you're the jealous one from your constant irrelevent drivel

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posted Oct 21, 2008

speecysteve - give up the karting drivel mate, no-one cares about men playing with kids' toys. And no-one cares how much money you have on the internet. On this board you're the village idiot.

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posted Oct 21, 2008

>"On this board you're the village idiot."

That's unnecessarily offensive. I've spoken to my local village idiot and he says that his feelings are hurt to have been compared to SS. Please think about the self esteem of village idiots before making such comparisons again.

SS claims to be a Karting bigwig from Israel, I suspect he's a 13 year old fat gentile from Birmingham.

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posted Oct 24, 2008

'never argue with an idiot, he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience' What a quote!

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posted Oct 30, 2008

I am starting to think that everyone in the UK has been blinded by Hamilton Mania, so as a Felipe Massa fan, I know I am writing here at my own risk! winkeye
Being a worthy champion is not just about who can win the most races. It is about the whole package, the professionalism of the driver, what he brings to his team as well as how he drives. Felipe Massa, although I accept that I am biased, is a worthy and deserving title contender and would be world champion. His 6 years in the political world of F1 have not always been kind to him, he has experienced the rubbish car, the poor performance, the driver errors, the bad luck, you name it! And as annoying and frustrating as all of these things are, they build you as a person and make you a better driver. It is this reason that I think felipe Massa deserves to be world champion this year. He has fought his way up over the last 6 years (inclusive of 1 year as a Ferrari Test Driver)he has found a way to cope with all of these issues without screaming conspiracy and without throwing in the towel. Lewis Hamilton is so young, he still has much to learn, and has not had to deal with these issues to that extent. He has joined McLaren, after they have sorted out their reliability issues and has come into arguably the best car on the grid. I do not begrudge him this, but I do think that being World Champion is being the face of Formula 1 and when you start screaming conspiracy etc... at every stumbling block, I have to ask, are you really ready Lewis for this responsibility?! How damaging would the title be to you now? We have seen it so many times with young British sports people, too much too soon and they end up losing the plot entirely. He's a great driver, no-one can deny this, but how great could he be given the chance to learn and grow? What I do know is that Lewis fans will always be anti-Massa fans, they will always say that Lewis is the better guy and that is natural when you support someone so strongly. That is why I think that Massa deserves this so much, forever the underdog, no matter how supreme your victories, this should be his title this time round. Sorry Lewis fans. P.S. If by some miracle Lewis doesn't win the title this year, it is not because he is black! I really hate that old chestnut! It's tired, move on!

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comment by zieler (U7751464)

posted Oct 30, 2008

MrsMassa, don't worry not all of us are Hamilton mad!
I think you are right about Massa, he has worked himself up like most great drivers, Alonso started at Minardi and even Schumi started low. And that is my worry about Lewis as you put well, is he ready to really win. Massa is a true contender and he has proved this by solidly winning races and there are 2 others he would have won but for bad luck.
I wish both contenders well for the last race and hope for a nice clean race with no controversy over team tactics or supposedly biased FIA. They both deserve the title. (but not as much as Kubica, he has been superb in a worse car!)

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posted Oct 30, 2008

>"P.S. If by some miracle Lewis doesn't win the title this year, it is not because he is black! I really hate that old chestnut! It's tired, move on!"

I agree. It will be because his car isn't red. winkeye

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posted Oct 30, 2008

comment by Croydon Bob (U10277631)

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>"P.S. If by some miracle Lewis doesn't win the title this year, it is not because he is black! I really hate that old chestnut! It's tired, move on!"

I agree. It will be because his car isn't red.winkeye
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posted Oct 30, 2008

CroydonBob - Like Fernando you mean?? winkeye

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