Should we be grateful to Felipe Massa ?

Michael Schumacher - 2006 Hockenheim

Hm, so Michael Schumacher decided to retire to save Felipe Massa’s job … I am not sure if this is true or not but that is what is in the news today:

“I stopped because I didn’t want my friend Felipe Massa to be unemployed. I would have had no problem going up against Kimi Raikkonen.”

Several F1 sites report that Schumi said this in interview with Swiss paper Blick. I tried to see if some webtranslator would do the trick and help me to locate the original article but I failed. It may be in Blick but I haven’t found it yet.

But if this really is true, should we now detest little Felipe or be grateful to him :-) ?

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  1. Arun SNo Gravatar says:

    I would certainly detest, having been a great fan of Schumi, it would’ve been all thunder and lightning to see him against Kimi in the same team, damn we’rnt lucky enough!

  2. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    Seems these are hard words about the feelings of Jean Todt about his fellow child, Felipe Massa. Seems that Jean Todt or Nicolas Todt couldn’t do anything to avoid firing him?

    To me seems that Ron Dennis had been able to steal Alonso from Ferrari’s hands a year before than they could plan to have him. Just when Schumacher decided to leave the hard competition, then came the unexpecting contract with Raikkonen, which wasn’t really the driver which we listened last years to join the Squderia, newspapers always talked about Fernando Alonso to join someday. So, could Schumacher decide to leave earlier than he really wanted to? That could be true, but also can’t believe that Schumacher left a seat for Massa.

    Far from seeing him lead the team as first driver, and also far from pushing the development of the car. I think Schumacher wanted to relax and took the right decision: “when a younger driver manage to defeat me, I will retire”.

    I’m less supporter from Felipe Massa than I was from Michael Schumacher, and to say truth I never supported him even… To be sincere I hated him for being a kind of narcissist which couldn’t stand losing, but alike that many drivers are, and only some great people come to enjoy the F1 even when the results aren’t great :-)

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  4. StewNo Gravatar says:

    I would like to have read the whole question and answer. He may have retired partly because of Felipe and it makes no difference to me. :)

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