Massa slams 'boring' F1 and says climate crisis is threat to the sport

Felipe Massa slams ‘boring’ Formula One as former Ferrari driver calls for 45 minute races and warns climate fears could threaten the sport’s future

  • The Brazilian has called the sport he spent 15 years competing in ‘boring’ 
  • Massa believes Formula One needs an overhaul in its racing format
  • He also warned that bans on petrol cars in certain countries could be a threat 
  • Massa now races the Formula E Championship after leaving F1 in 2017

Felipe Massa has said that Formula One has become ‘boring’ and that its future is under serious threat due to the climate emergency. 

The Brazilian, who was a Formula One driver for fifteen seasons and finished second to Lewis Hamilton by one point in 2008, said that ‘nothing happens’ in the majority of races and that this is putting fans off. 

Massa, 38, said: ‘Many Formula One races last two hours, are really boring and nothing happens. Of the 21 races – more of them are boring than interesting. 

Felipe Massa has called Formula One boring, warning that the sport’s future is under threat 

The Brazilian had a 15-year career in the sport, battling for championships regularly 

‘There were about six good races last year. You have to ask what people want and what will provide a better spectacle? I think races that lasted 45 minutes to an hour would be more exciting.’ 

Asked about Formula One’s future in the face of climate change, Massa said that the increasing number of countries banning petrol cars puts the sport’s existence under threat. 

‘It (bans on petrol cars) creates problems for F1 – they need to solve this otherwise they will be in trouble,’ he said. ‘They could soon be in a tricky situation.’ 

Massa last appeared on the F1 circuit for Williams, and now races the Formula E Championship

F1 has been dominated by Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, with race action being criticised

Massa, who now competes in Formula E after leaving F1 in 2017, was speaking ahead of today’s race in Marrakesh. He sits 19th out of 24 in this season’s standings after four races. 

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s Marrakesh E-Prix is live on BBC Two from 1:30pm.

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