Alonso says Massa is one of the best
5 November, 2011
Nov.5 (PVM) Prior to Fernando Alonso’s arrival at Ferrari, Felipe Massa was the darling of Maranello but the affections have shifted and the Brazilian is playing second fiddle in the team, but Alonso denies that he is responsible for destroting his team mate’s confidence.
Speaking exclusively to TotalRace, Alonso said, “I don’t think that Felipe’s confidence is destroyed. I think he is the same driver as ever, extremely strong. We saw this clearly in the last six races, especially in qualifying. We are very close if we evaluate all the elments.”
However Alonso clearly has the upper hand in race conditions. he tried to explain, “In the race I do not know. Certainly if the car is not very fast, it’s very difficult to produce a good performance. I have great respect for Felipe and consider him to be one of the best drivers in the world. I am sure that if all goes well and we have a competitive car next year from the beginning, he is one of the favorites to win in every race.”
Alonso lies third in the F1 world championship standings with 227 points and a single win to his credit, while Massa lies sixth and has yet to make it onto the podium this year.