Felipe Massa has been warned to not get used to the feeling of beating his famous Ferrari teammate, Michael Schumacher.
The young Brazilian verged on tears after taking the chequered flag from Renault’s Fernando Alonso in Turkey on Sunday, but Ferrari principal Jean Todt is quoted on Tuesday as reaffirming Massa’s position at the team.
”I’m very pleased about Felipe’s victory,” the Frenchman told Italy’s leading newswire, ANSA, ”because now he will be even more motivated to help the team and Schumacher.”
37-year-old Schumacher dropped a further two points behind rival Alonso in Turkey after making driving and strategy errors, meaning that merely winning the last four races of 2006 will not be enough to win the title.
German daily ‘Bild’ headlined that Schumacher is now a ‘Champion of mistakes’, and noted that he must now rely on Massa to help him to an eighth drivers’ championship crown.