Alonso: I want to thank Felipe for all the support he has given me

11 September, 2013

Fernando Alonso with Felipe Massa after the 2013 British GP

Fernando Alonso with Felipe Massa after the 2013 British GP

In Formula 1, having to change team-mates is part of the job. For four seasons, Fernando Alonso has shared the Scuderia Ferrari garage with Felipe Massa.

The day after news broke that the Brazilian would be leaving, the Spaniard had this to say: “I want to thank Felipe for all the support he has given me and the team during this journey we have made together over all these years. Come the end of the season, it will not be easy to say goodbye to a team-mate like him.”

“He has always been truly professional and loyal to the team and I am sure that right to the end, he will do his utmost for the Scuderia that he loves so much.”

Alonso also had a word for Kimi Raikkonen. “I’d like to welcome my new travelling companion: together, starting next year, we will have to tackle a very demanding technical and racing challenge.”

Fernando Alonso with Felipe Massa in 2011

Fernando Alonso with Felipe Massa in 2011

The night before the Raikkonen confirmation Massa tweeted, “From 2014 I will no longer be driving for Ferrari. I would like to thank the team for all the victories and incredible moments experienced together. For next year, I want to find a team that can give me a competitive car to win many more races and challenge for the championship.”

Massa has not won since 2008, when he was overall drivers’ championship runner-up, and has been on the podium just once this year. But he was a loyal teammate to Alonso and on several occasions sacrificed positions to benefit the Spaniard.

Only Michael Schumacher on 179 , has taken part in more grands prix for Ferrari than Massa who has driven in 132. Only three drivers, again Schumacher (72,) Lauda (15) and Ascari (13,) have won more times than the Brazilian and only two, Schumacher of course (58) and Lauda (23,) have secured more pole positions than the Massa(15). He has stood on the podium 36 times, set 14 fastest race laps and scored a total of 756 points. (Ferrari-Apex)

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  • Tamburello_1994

    “But he was a loyal teammate to Alonso and on several occasions sacrificed positions to benefit the Spaniard.”

    One has to wonder if Raikkonen is willing to play this role as well as Felipe did. Just asking.

    Me and my instigating ways . . . . . . . :)

  • yoyoyo

    Tambu, actually Kimi helped Massa in his 2008 title bid when he was matematically out (after the Magny Cours broken exhaust).

    Felipe helped Kimi in 2007 in Brazil, he was almost 20 sec in front, nobody could beat Felipe in Brazil if he was running free. +They both got along verry well.

    They should’ve sacked Alonso, he is only loyal to himself and every where he goes he creates tension or he destabalises the team. He thinks he’s a samurai, not in millions years. He’s a great driver but just a shitty egotistic personality. Senna was also an egoist in the car but had such a great heart and charisma and that is not due to the fact that he died in those tragic circumstances. Mark my words, Alonso will be sacked due to misbehaving. He showed his true colours in the Hungary incident, non kosjer mail with De la Rosaduring spygate and the Piquet incident which “he didn’t know anything about. I was gutted to see him come in 2010, but this weekend I was even more gutted to see Fatvio in the Scuderia’s garage (Enzo turns in his grave once again). If Monty even considers making him team principal it’s over for me.

    I hope Felipe get’s the Lotus seat and you will all see he’s still a good driver. Don’t forget, the best start in Formule 1 since Donington 1993 by Senna is probably Felipes in Hungary 2008. (There was a gap and I went for it as Ayrton would’ve said :)

  • Boycottthebull

    Tamburello – I would say not. This pairing may give them the lineup to win the constructors championship but they will take the big points away from each other so that neither wins the drivers championship. This was a bad move for Ferrari.

  • the fan

    tamburello…. absolutely not, kimi wont play 2nd fiddle unless he is mathematically out of the running. I would believe more that hamilton(not referring to 2007) can play that but vettel(malaysia 2013) and kimi wouldnt.

  • lawl

    thanks for what? be alo’s dog and still cant win sh*t at interlagos? LOL, kick him out alreadyyyyyy!!! Iceman is about to show how its done.

  • Tamburello_1994

    @ yoyoyo , the fan , And my guy (or gal) BCTB.

    Great posts here, I agree on just about all of it, Especially “yoyoyo’s” comments. couldn’t have said it better. Thanks!!

    :)

  • Spartacus

    @yoyoyo,
    well said.

    Massa did a fine job for Ferrari. Always for the team. However, he’s always had the short straw on new developments or strategy. He’s better than his Ferrari results would suggest.

    The problem now is if he can become a racing driver again and not just someone’s stooge. And who’ll take him. There’s plenty of teams who need his skills, but can they pay him?

  • yoyoyo

    2 Senna fans won’t disagree that easily :p

  • Rick

    @yoyoyo…. Right on man… Right on…
    This might be the best thing that could happen,…
    This could get his fire going… full rage..The guy
    was untouchable on the Brazilian track…and many other times…
    The guy that beat Lewis, for half a lap, until Timo moved
    over… Oh how I wish to see that fired up Massa I know,
    Exists… Become the thorn you once were. Do It.

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