Alonso backs Massa and Domenicali

(L to R): Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari with Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari General Director and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari.

Felipe Massa, Stefano Domenicali and Fernando Alonso

May 6 (GP247) Fernando Alonso has given his support to beleaguered teammate Felipe Massa, while confirming his unconditional support for Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali.

There has been growing criticism of Massa’s performances, largely because of faring poorly compared to the Spaniard, while sentiment is mounting that perhaps Domenicali is not right the man to lead the Maranello squad back to the top of Formula 1.

But Alonso, writing on his website, said, “I’ve been asked in a lot of messages [from fans via Twitter] about my teammates. I´d like to clarify, once and for all, my unconditional support for Stefano and Felipe. As I explain to you, it´s always easy to praise when things go well, but it´s even easier to criticize when things go bad.”

There have been reports linking Alonso’s former manager, and architect of his two world titles at Renault, Flavio Briatore to replace Domenicali as Ferrari F1 team boss.

When asked about such a possibility, Alonso replied, “Stefano´s work is fantastic in every sense and I can’t think of anyone better than him. As I explained before, it only takes one race to pass from criticism to praise..

And added, “I’m very good friends with Flavio and we talk frequently. He´s one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met.”

When asked about Massa by a fan, the Spaniard reiterated, “He´s one of the best drivers in the world, and he has shown it during his whole career. It’s easy to praise when you have a good car but also to criticize when you have a bad one.”

“I lived similar situations during my last stint at Renault, when some of my teammates were unfairly criticized and now, they are being praised once again,” commented Alonso, apparently in reference to the recent re-emergence of Romain Grosjean, his team mate at Renault in 2009,  who has made an impressive return to F1 with Lotus this year.