Schumi on same level as Senna says Massa
26 August, 2011
Aug.26 (PVM) Felipe Massa believes that Michael Schumacher, at his best, was on the same level as the late Ayrton Senna.
Speaking to media at Spa-Francorchamps Massa said, “I have many memories of Michael and one year I remember very well was 1994, when I still just a kid. Michael was a very strong competitor, leading the championship and he became already famous in Brazil, because he was a young guy, already being ahead of Ayrton Senna in the championship, giving him a hard time. So this made a well known name in Brazil. I don’t think I can say that Michael was quicker than Senna, because you only have to look back at Ayrton’s qualifying performances, but I would put them both at the same level.”
As a Ferrari test driver in 2003 Massa got to know Schumacher at Maranello and in 2006 the two were team mates.
Massa added, “Michael has had the most incredible career which is unmatched in Formula 1 and his record is really amazing: a twentieth anniversary is very important and I am happy for him that he has reached it, but I think his record in terms of what he achieved, wins, poles etcetera, is more significant than the number of years.
“What do I wish him for this weekend? For sure, I hope he has a good race, but behind me!” said the Brazilian with a smile.