Alonso predicts that Massa will be strong rival in 2014

Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso during Jerez testing

Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso during Jerez testing

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has tipped  former teammate Felipe Massa to be a formidable rival in the 2014 F1 World Championship.

After eight years in red, Brazilian Massa’s move to the once-great British team Williams was seen by some as astep  backwards for the 11-time grand prix winner.

But after pre-season testing, Mercedes-powered Williams has emerged as one of the stronger forces for 2014, with Massa tipped as an outside chance for outright victory in Melbourne.

“I’ve talked with Felipe several times this year already,” Spaniard Alonso is quoted by Brazil’s Globo.

“He is happy, Williams has so much history in Formula 1 and is not just any team, and they have had a very strong pre-season,” he noted.

“It is very positive because now they can be fighting. Felipe will definitely be a strong rival this year,” added Alonso. (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    Alonso playing mind games with Felipe or is it a case of Alonso wanting to look like a big brother. Felipe has his big brother Rob so you can worry about your own team mate Kimi now.

  • Tamburello1994

    You ain’t gonna be too concerned about Felipe’s whereabouts if Kimi is in front of you.

  • Ankit

    Is that all you are capable of thinking about? lol What mediocre thinking

  • Virender

    Andrea Stella to Alonso (Team Radio): Massa is faster than you but we don’t have Rob Smedley with us mate..Sorry, Keep Racing..

  • Spartacus

    LOL!!!
    Not a matter of “IF”…

  • =El Presidente=

    i think they are very closely matched, but i think alonso will be given the edge.

  • McLarenfan

    To be honest no but then again you had to reply I didn’t ask you too.

  • McLarenfan

    So very true unless he is trying to save face remember he wanted to keep Felipe so he didn’t have to face the Iceman

  • Ankit

    First of all there’s nothing wrong with Alonso saying that Felipe will be a strong contender this year. He is already a good driver besides the fact that he’s got a good enough car this year. I think most of us here agree that Williams is in a really good position this year. If Alonso also acknowledges that. what’s your problem? Also nobody is dumb to come out and say all this unless they are asked about it. What were you expecting Alonso to say, anyway, other than what he said. So yes, in my opinion you are a conspiracy theorist with a very mediocre thinking.

  • Tamburello1994

    BINGO!

  • RBC

    Ankit, I’m with you. Any time Alonso says a positive thing about another team some people accuse him of mind games, and when he says a negative thing they also accuse him of mind games. These are blatant anti Alonso people who hate him no matter what he does.

  • Ankit

    One thing’s for sure though. They just cant stop talking about him. It speaks volumes about his credentials as a race driver. Nobody and I mean nobody who follows this sport can stop talking about him, positive or negative. ;)

  • RBC

    Agreed.

  • http://bryanvcpalacio.weebly.com brianne

    if this is a joke then its the most boring one…

  • http://bryanvcpalacio.weebly.com brianne

    anti alonso brigade eats and breath negative alonso comments even to the point where it doesnt make any sense at all.

  • McLarenfan

    LOL you are kidding me Alonso and conspiracy the bloke tried to blackmail Ron Dennis while having Pedro de la Rosa test Ferrari stuff on his car. Oh then on his return to Renault had his team mate help him win by Crashing not to mention his having Felipe’s gear box seal broken again in his favor before swapping places with Felipe on track more times than Felipe would care to admit,

  • Ankit

    Haha do you know how ridiculous you sound right now?The topic of discussion here is about Alonso playing mind games or not. Him saying that Felipe is a strong contender has got nothing to do with what he did in the past. As for what he did with Ron Dennis, he deserved it. Ron Dennis cheated and stole information from Ferrari. if anything, Alonso did the right thing by exposing him. Also you have absolutely no proof about Alonso ordering the team to break Felipe’s gear box seal. It could be a team decision and knowing Felipe to be a team player and considering his ream mate is very much in contention for the world championship, it was the right thing to do from the team’s perspective. Felipe had nothing to lose. For all ypu know, it could be Felipe’s joint decision with the team. You have absolutely no proof of that. If you talk facts, I’m willing to argue with you, otherwise your argument is absolutely invalid. Have a good day. Cheers!

  • McLarenfan

    Well you are misinformed it was Ron Dennis who got in touch with Max over the Ferrari Information after Alonso tried Blackmailing him, why because Lewis was faster than him and it rattled his self belief of being great.
    Also I never took Felipe to be anyone’s REAM mate

  • Ankit

    You are misinformed about Felipe then! And are you saying Ron Dennis wanted to pay the 100 mil so he turned himself over?

  • McLarenfan

    Ah so you corrected your spelling error!

    No I do not think that Ron Dennis or McLaren wanted to pay 100 million.

    The ruling on McLaren’s breach of Article 151(c) of the International Sporting Code reveals that the scale of the scandal ran deeper than previously reported and that two drivers — Alonso and test driver Pedro de la Rosa — are implicated in the affair.

    The FIA said Thursday McLaren’s drivers would not be punished because they gave evidence in exchange for immunity.Lewis Hamilton, who also drives for McLaren, told the FIA he had no information relating to the breach.

  • Virender

    Alonso will still be on top mate, was Just having Fun – Forza Ferrari