Felipe Massa was close to a world title in 2008, but saw in the final meters of the Brazilian Grand Prix how Lewis Hamilton still took the title in that F1 season. In 2021 Hamilton will still compete for the titles in Formula 1, this time Max Verstappen is his main competitor. Massa has the feeling that the Dutchman can pull the longest straw this year and take off with the world title.
During the Italian Grand Prix, Fpal exclusively with Felipe Massa about the battle for the world title between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. According to the former Ferrari driver, Verstappen has the best chances this year to take the F1 world title. “Verstappen has been faultless this year, I have to say that I can’t even remember when the Dutchman made a mistake. You could say that the crash with Lewis at Silverstone, for example, was a mistake, but it wasn’t The incidents between Hamilton and Verstappen are a logical consequence of the title fight,” Massa says in fluent Italian.
“Verstappen can and must take risks when he takes on Hamilton, that is also possible because they are both fighting for the title. It is especially important for the Red Bull driver not to take any risks when he has to pass drivers other than Lewis, then he has to stay calm. When he is in a duel with Lewis, however, he can take all the risks to get ahead of or pass the Mercedes driver. When I look at how Verstappen is doing now, I think he is mostly on the same footing have to keep going.”
“Everything works for Verstappen this year, how he races himself, but also the strength of his team and the car in his hands. A title fight also means a psychological battle and that’s why you have to stay focused. Every point can make the difference and that is why Hamilton and Verstappen will continue to fight for every point, because in the end one point can make the difference in the battle for the world title. I have experienced that myself, of course”, with which Massa refers to his ‘lost’ world title in 2008. he was defeated by Hamilton in the championship standings by one point.
The praising words of Massa about Verstappen do not just fall out of the sky. Massa experienced Verstappen up close, because Massa still drove for Williams in Formula 1 in 2016 and 2017. In those years he still saw a young Verstappen at work. “Looking at that period and now, you see above all that Max has become a complete driver and that he has become clear. As I said, I can’t remember Max’s last mistake and that says enough about how strong Verstappen is. He is. has done very well this season and has everything in his hands to win the world title.”