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Monday, March 31, 2008

More Massa, and Ferrari preps for Bahrain

Despite Felipe Massa’s DNF in Malaysia, Ferrari may not use the opportunity to replace his engine, opting instead to give the current unit a full run, ITV reports.

The rules allow an engine change because Massa didn’t finish the race.

This is an interesting decision based on the fact that Ferrari engines have been a little short on reliability this season.

ITV also reports that Ferrari will be using some new aero bits in Bahrain. Ferrari was one of the few teams who opted to test at the circuit over the winter.

Meanwhile, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is the latest to publicly back Felipe Massa, assuring that his seat is safe, even going as far as saying he is one of the two best drivers in the world.

Should Mosley continue?

The News of the World reported this weekend that that Max Mosley allegedly took part in a session with several hookers that had sado-masochistic, and possibly Nazi, undertones.

I hesitated to comment on this when it broke because I believe it is a private matter, and the record of the tabloid in question is a sensationalistic one.

The F1 world is keeping largely silent on the issue, and I believe that is the best course of action.

In fact, the only angle I am going to comment is that the media are speculating on whether he can continue in his role as head of the FIA.

I don’t believe it would be like Mosley to resign, even in this situation. In fact, I expect he will sue. If, by that action, he is implying he is innocent, why resign?

The only reason I could see a resignation is if the motorsports community loses confidence in him. If he made an error in judgment, or was set up, that might happen, but I think it is probably too early to determine that.

It is impossible to determine from a distance what the truth is in this case. I do believe a certain amount of discretion is called for. There is more than his position at stake, there is a family to think of. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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