Massa: Alonso toughest Ferrari teammate of all

The podium (L to R): Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari, second; Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari, race winner; Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren, third. Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, 30 July 2006. DIGITAL IMAGEFelipe Massa on Thursday admitted that Fernando Alonso has been his toughest Ferrari teammate, since becoming the Maranello team’s race driver in 2006, the Brazilian has been paired with champions Michael Schumacher as well as Kimi Raikkonen.

But, in the wake of his 2009 head injuries, Massa’s toughest time has been alongside Spaniard Alonso, so much so that he was almost ousted by the Italian squad before his resurgence in form, late last season.

“Alonso has probably been the most difficult if you look at the figures,” he told reporters at Madonna di Campiglio on Thursday.

“But all three drivers were very strong and that’s the truth. But maybe Fernando has been the most difficult and the one I’ve suffered with the most.

“I hope not to suffer any more,” added Massa.

According to Spain’s Diario AS, he was asked by reporters if he thinks that Alonso was the very best driver of 2012, even though Sebastian Vettel won the title.

“I think that given we did not have the best car in qualifying, even if things were better in the races, Fernando did a great championship,” said Massa.

“He did really an excellent job and finished almost with the same points as Vettel [who had] a faster car; especially in the last six or seven races [the Red Bull] was much faster.

“But Vettel was also strong last year. Both did a perfect championship,” he added. (GMM)

Subbed by AJN.

Content on by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Getty Images, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.