F1: Massa skips talk on future

F1: Massa skips talk on future
Ferrari's Felipe Massa (right) shares a light moment with Teo Hock Seng, Managing Director of Ital Auto Pte Ltd, at the opening of the new Ferrari Showroom in Singapore.

Questions abound over his Formula One future. But ahead of this weekend's Formula One Sing- Tel Singapore Grand Prix, Felipe Massa's focus is solely on what happens on the track.

"I hope to have a better race here," said the Brazilian, whose fourth-placed finish in the previous F1 race, the Italian Grand Prix earlier this month, was quickly followed by the announcement that his eight-year association with Ferrari will end after this season.

"It's a fantastic race in a great country and with a lot of fans, especially for Ferrari, expectations are always very high."

It was these expectations that probably cost him his seat with Ferrari, dubbed the Prancing Horse.

Team president Luca di Montezemolo had said on Tuesday that Massa was "inconsistent" last season.

And the 32-year-old, whose last grand prix victory came on home soil in 2008, was in a dour mood yesterday during a half-hour appearance at the unveiling of Ferrari's state of the art showroom along Leng Kee Road.

The new facility includes a dedicated diagnostics area and offers customers the option of customising their cars.

"We are offering a house for our customers," said Enrico Galliera, Ferrari's senior vice president for commercial and marketing.

"We don't want to have a simple showroom; we are not just selling high-performance cars.

"We are selling a dream - which is something that people should desire, enjoy and share."

fabiusc@sph.com.sg


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