Felipe Massa: I won’t become another Rubens Barrichello
The Sport Review’s round-up of all of the latest news from the world of Formula 1.
Felipe Massa says he will not become “another Rubens Barrichello” at Ferrari, referring to his fellow countryman’s role as Michael Schumacher’s number two during his time at the Italian team. Massa, who controversially allowed team-mate Fernando Alonso to pass him in this year’s German Grand Prix, said he will leave the Scuderia if the team bosses force him to play a support role.
Nick Heidfeld‘s manager is confident that his driver will secure a race seat in 2011 despite the German being overlooked at Sauber for next season. Heidfeld started the season as Mercedes GP’s reserve driver, before taking up a test role with incoming tyre manufacturer Pirelli in August. He then returned to Sauber in September after the Swiss team sacked Pedro de la Rosa.
Force India’s Adrian Sutil refused to comment on speculation linking him with the second seat at Renault. Sutil has yet to be signed for 2011, but after two impressive seasons with Force India, has been tipped to move to a better car.
Eric Boullier has been promoted from team principal to managing director at Renault F1 following the departure of Bob Bell. Bell took the role as interim following the departure of Flavio Briatore in the aftermath of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcrash-gate’, but under Boullier the team’s fortunes have been transformed – Renault have shown they are able to compete with F1’s Ã¢â‚¬Ëœbig three’ in 2010.
Lotus Racing announced they have agreed a deal with Red Bull Technology for the supply of gearboxes and hydraulic systems from the 2011 season and beyond.
Lotus’ chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne said: “The announcement that we have reached a multi-year agreement with Red Bull Technology for the supply of our gearboxes and hydraulics from 2011 is obviously a massive step forward for us, both in engineering terms, and as an expression of our ambitions for next year and for future Championships.”
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner added: “The fact that Red Bull Technology has been chosen to be a supplier to another team despite its short history demonstrates how much we have achieved since our first season.
“We very much look forward to working with Lotus Racing from 2011 onwards.”