Ferrari chose Massa to maintain harmony in the team 19 October, 2012 Oct.19 (GMM) Ferrari has explained its decision to keep Felipe Massa at the Maranello team beyond 2012. Earlier this year, it seemed certain the Maranello outfit would replace the struggling Brazilian for 2013, with Nico Hulkenberg, Paul di Resta and Sergio Perez among the touted candidates. But Massa, 31, has enjoyed a surge of form in recent grands prix, securing at least an eighth consecutive season at Ferrari next year. The decision has been criticised in some quarters. But a news item at Ferrari’s official website insists Massa was not chosen because of a “lack of alternatives”, or because Fernando Alonso wanted his current teammate to stay. “Ferrari alone chooses its drivers,” the report reads. “Many knocked on the doors of Maranello, some were considered, but in the end…there is no one better than Felipe to deliver the speed, talent and capacity to work for the good of the team,” it added. Ferrari also insisted that the fact that “harmony reigns within the team at present”, was another factor. Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsBerger: If I was Ferrari I would keep AlonsoFerrari to be listed on stock exchangeAlonso squeezing Ferrari for big severance payoutFerrari View: Formula 1 lands in AmericaCan Vettel emulate Schumacher’s success at Ferrari?Massa: Kimi’s problem is psychologicalVideo: Ferrari tribute for birthday boy RaikkonenRaikkonen staying at Ferrari amid Alonso departure reportsMarchionne: We’ve got to kick some ass and quicklyMontezemolo: Fernando is leaving Ferrari for two reasons John Massa can be quick. No reason not to have him in the team. Difficult for Ferrari to find another driver who’d play second fiddle anyway. You’d need someone in the twilight if his career who just wants the money and there isn’t anybody who’d fit that role just now. Plus, to be honest, Msasa is a nice guy too. alonso_is_slow In other words, Alonso cannot handle pressure from its teammate. That is why he has been beaten by all serious teammates.