Felipe Massa’s mistake at the German Grand Prix which caused his exit was enough reason for Ferrari to replace the Brazilian next season.
Massa has struggled to match teammate Fernando Alonso’s points haul this season, scoring less than half the tally of the Spaniard after nine races.
A poor season last year and lack of a single win since the 2008 Brazilian GP has repeatedly placed question marks over Massa’s future at the Italian team and even in Formula 1.
His error at the Nurburgring was a reminder that he’s still far from his best.
Gary Anderson, a former designer and currently a television presenter for the BBC, said that the German GP was a “nightmare weekend” for Massa after yet another crash after the ones in Monaco, Canada and the British GP.
“He simply lost it braking for Turn 1 on lap four,” Anderson observed in his column on the BBC website. “That's a basic error a driver of his calibre should not be making and it came at a very bad time.
“If I was Ferrari, I would take someone else to partner Alonso next year,” he pointed out. “They need two drivers scoring consistent points in the constructors' championship, which is where the money gets paid.”
At the last race in Silverstone, Mercedes passed Ferrari in the standings with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg almost evenly matched at the German manufacturer.
Anderson suggested rookie Jules Bianchi, a member of the Ferrari driver academy, as a replacement.
“They need a decent back-up driver, a good number two,” he added.