Alonso declares full backing for under fire Massa
1 June, 2012
Prior to Monaco, speculation hinted that the Brazilian Massa was very close to being ousted by Ferrari, having struggled so much at the wheel of the F2012.
But in the principality, where Massa has a home, the 30-year-old seemed to bounce back onto form, quelling for now the calls for him to be dumped.
And Alonso, who is unquestionably Ferrari’s lead driver, backed his teammate to continue to further recover form.
Speaking at a Ferrari Store opening in Madrid the Spaniard said, “It’s hard to think that Felipe won’t win many points in the second part of the season, that he won’t make podiums or fight for wins. He’s got the talent for it.”
“It’s been an unfortunate start to the season because of a number of things: bad luck, a slower adaptation than before to the tyres…Felipe’s results weren’t normal, Explained Alonso.
“He’s got all my support. And he’s got all the support of the team to change the situation around,” declared Alonso.
He added, “…or to change his results, because many times in practice or qualifying we’re very close but then in the race, because of the start or because he got hit, he would be towards the back early on. In Monaco it looks like his results changed, so we hope that from here on it will all go well for him”.
In a separate interview with Spanish radio Cadena SER, Alonso was also asked about other drivers.
When asked if it is true that the driver he respects the most is Lewis Hamilton, the Spaniard answered “yes”.
Alonso had the same single-word answer when asked if the last two titles were more about Red Bull than they were about Sebastian Vettel.
Finally, when asked if engineers generally have a greater influence than the drivers in today’s Formula One, Alonso once again answered simply: “Yes.”
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