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. Related NewsMattiacci: Allison is head of the 2015 Ferrari projectSauber: Ferrari delivered slow power unit lateFerrari View: Bittersweet memories from BelgiumAlonso: The strongest in F1 was Michael SchumacherMarmorini: Ferrari is giving trust to inexperienced peoplePiero Ferrari: I hope Alonso remains at MaranelloAlonso: The important thing is to winAlonso: Fear doesn’t exist in Formula 1Montezemolo: Enzo Ferrari would be happyMassa: I left Ferrari at the right time 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.