Alonso must earn Ferrari status says Massa
12 November, 2009
Nov.12 (GMM) Felipe Massa insists he is not worried that Fernando Alonso is set to arrive at Ferrari and assume a Michael Schumacher-style ‘number 1′ role.
He told Brazil’s Jovem Pan FM radio that while he considers fellow 28-year-old Alonso a “great driver” and “one of the best in formula one”, he is not worried about having to play second fiddle.
“Whoever comes to Ferrari is always going to be a very strong driver, because they (Ferrari) always have the best ones,” said Massa, who next March will return from a more than seven month grand prix absence due to injuries sustained in Hungary this year.
Since becoming a race driver at the famous Maranello based team in 2006, he has been teammate to the highly rated Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen.
“(In 2010) I will do as I always have done: try to win,” said Massa.
“The work within a team is always collective. Schumacher carried a great influence at Ferrari because he earned it. He arrived, worked and created a competitive team.
“To have that position you have to work hard and achieve results,” Massa added.