Massa pleads for 'more sport and less politics' in F1
Echoing the thoughts of many within the grand prix paddock, Felipe Massa has claimed Formula 1 would benefit greatly from ‘more sport and less politics’ – given that the early part of the 2010 campaign has been persistently beset by off-track squabbling and one dispute after another.
“The way this championship has started has been very different compared to other years,” the Brazilian told the Press Association in Monaco this weekend. “We have had a lot of political fighting in many areas, and I don’t think that has helped the sport.
“Many people have become upset because of these fights, and it would be nice to have more sport and less politics – that’s what we’re here for. We are not here for political reasons; we are here for sport, to fight for positions. That’s the good thing about Formula 1.
“I just hope things are going to be okay, but if we lose Ferrari, Formula 1 won’t be the same, no matter what people say. You look at the many teams trying to get into Formula 1 next year, and with all respect, if you lose Ferrari and you get GP2 teams, it won’t be the same.
“The only thing I hope is that we have more sport and less politics. We are here to race, to fight each other on the track, not outside. I will support my team because I think Ferrari, to be honest, is not alone. They may have taken the lead, but I don’t think it's just Ferrari thinking the way they are – I think it’s many other teams [too].”
[Editor's Note: Don't the drivers understand that all the political BS in F1 is contrived to keep F1 in the media - free press as they say. Every year Max and Bernie stir the pot just to create controversy and then in the end it miraculously resolves itself. And the F1 media eat it all up and swallow it whole.]