NOVEMBER 6, 2002
Has Ferrari signed Massa?
At 20 years of age Massa is a talent needing to be developed. He was quick but rather wild as one of the Sauber Petronas drivers this year but it was still a surprise when Peter Sauber took the extraordinary decision to dump Massa at the end of the year in favour of veteran Heinz-Harald Frentzen.
There have been rumours of links between Massa and Ferrari from even before he was signed by Sauber last winter after Felipe had several outings with the Alfa Corse touring car team in 2001 and immediately lapped as quickly as the regular drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi and Nicola Larini (who was for a long time a Ferrari test driver). Massa has always denied any long-term deals but if he has been signed to test for Ferrari next year it is safe to assume that that there will be options for him to continue with the team as a racer at some point in the future.