Enthusiasts: Felipe Massa: Hamilton would have been world champion already 2007 World Champion

for Emergency: Paul di Resta stands as a reserve driver at McLaren ready

 for Emergency: Paul di Resta stands as a reserve driver at McLaren ready © Motorsport Images Paul di Resta could come at McLaren at a racing insert Paul di Resta acts in the formula 1 season 2021 as a reserve pilot of McLaren, which has Team boss Andreas Seidl confirmed. If the Mercedes replacement drivers of Stoffel Vandoornne and Nyck de Vries are prevented due to their formula E-activities, the Scot would come to the train. "Our main focus is on this agreement we have with Mercedes," emphasizes McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl.

Felipe Massa (l.) lobt Lewis Hamilton in höchsten Tönen © Motorsport Images Felipe Massa (l.) Praises Lewis Hamilton in Highest Tones

For a few seconds, Felipe Massa 2008 felt like a Formula 1 world champion, marriage Lewis Hamilton in Brazil on the last meters Timo Glock overhauled and Massa before his fans the title destroyed. On the podium forceed Massa, who won the race, but did not feel like a winner, bitter tears. The chance on the title was for him before and then never bigger.

But the tears have long been dried, for Hamilton, he has only been admiration today. "The work that Hamilton has been doing for so long has been impressive. In 2007, Hamilton could have been world champion," Massa looks back in conversation with our sister platform Motorsport.com Brazil.

Hamilton misses 100. Pole by 0.007 seconds: "Pretty chaotic session"

 Hamilton misses 100. Pole by 0.007 seconds: © Motorsport Images Lewis Hamilton missed the Portimao poles 0.007 seconds Lewis Hamilton has to continue to be patient: the Briton had in the qualifying to the Grand Prix of Portugal The chance to drive its 100th pole position and thus achieve a new milestone. But after a chaotic time hunting, it is missing at the end 0.007 seconds on teammates Valtteri Bottas. "That was a difficult session," gives the World Cup-leading to protocol.

In his rookies season, Hamilton had made the life of the life with McLaren's life with McLaren in 2007 at that time, which was sometimes lost the nerves and became a veritable war in the team.

Massa: Hamilton "Perhaps the perfect driver"

Hamilton was on the best way to win as a newcomer the title before he slid into the punching bed in the penultimate race in China on the punching bed. A gear problem in the final race was then too much. He missed the title in Brazil for a point against Kimi Räikkönen, before fashing revealed a year later at home in favor of the British.

Although Massa would probably have wished a different outcome, he is just thrilled by Hamilton. That he made such a mistake in his first year was "normal" as rookie.

"But he has always shown that he is another driver. He is perhaps the perfect driver. His driver's level and qualities he has, show that," swarms Massa. But even Max stages, the Hamilton wants to scare the title this year, "one of the best," says the 40-year-old Massa.

Mercedes team boss: with Hamilton still «One time thumbnails»

 Mercedes team boss: with Hamilton still «One time thumbnails» Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is firmly expecting a contract extension from World Champion Lewis Hamilton to this Formula 1 season. © Gabriel Bouys / Pool AFP / AP / DPA Portugal winner Lewis Hamilton had signed only one year-old contract at Mercedes. "At the moment we just can not imagine that we are not at a time," said the Austrian after the victory of the World Cup leader at the Grand Prix of Portugal.

Massa: Perez and Bottas must endure pressure

An important role in the title fight Anno 2021 also comes the two teammates of the Topstars, Sergio Perez at Red Bull and Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes. "Perez is a driver who can be stapped within two tenths and fighting for victories," Massa says about the Mexican, who celebrated his second victory in Formula 1 in Baku and his first for Red Bull.

At Perez, he was not expected that he did not expect it for a long time to get a chance in such a top cockpit. "If you like with the best, then you need a good head. You have to cope with the pressure, because he's there. You have to go step by step and work well," explains Massa that knows this role from my own experience.

In his early season at Ferrari he was the clear number two behind Michael Schumacher, later he had to subordinate Fernando Alonso and was also repeated with a clear teamorder. Nevertheless, he was always expected by him. "I'm already there because I have already suffered. I and many others. It shows how important it is for the drivers to have the head in the right place," he explains.

Massa: "You have to feel wanted from the team"

But that's not all important to be able to bring excellence as a driver. "It's not just the head. You have to feel wanted from the team. The psychological side makes a lot out of Formula 1," he says.

This feeling of alienation between team and driver was finally going on with Mercedes and Bottas, the Finn seems to have no future in the World Championship. For Massa, however, Bottas belongs to the pot drivers. "Bottas is an excellent driver," says the Brazilian. He was "very fast" and work technically well. "But he's up to the best," Massa makes it clear.

Mark Webber demands: Let's move and drive Hamilton! .
© Motorsport Images The duel between Lewis Hamilton and Max Stappen continues Mark Webber has warned the decision-makers in Formula 1 before stapping in the title fight between Max and to intervene Lewis Hamilton and try to tame the gradually escalating rivalry. "It's brilliant, it's exactly what we want to see," says the Australian about the duel.

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