Massa: Schumacher was very, very good but maybe Alonso is even more perfect

15 September, 2013

Felipe Massa with Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher on the Magny-Cours podium in 2006

Felipe Massa with Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher on the Magny-Cours podium in 2006

During his tenure as a Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has been teammate with Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso – arguably the best drivers of this generation. He believes that maybe the Spaniard has the edge over the German.

Speaking to Sky’s Martin Brundle, Massa said, “Schumacher was very, very good. He was amazing and a very complete driver as well. But I think maybe Alonso is even more perfect.”

As teammate to Schumacher, in 2006, Massa managed to win two races. The next year Kimi raikkonen joined the team.

From 2007 to 2009 Massa notched up a further nine wins and came desperately close to winning the 2008 world title.

Felipe Massa with Fernando Alonso

Felipe Massa with Fernando Alonso

Many believe that since death defying accident during qualifying for the 2009 Hungarian GP the Brazilian has never been able to reclaim the form that made him a regular winner in Formula 1. He has not won a race since that fateful day, and has not been on the top step of a grand prix podium since Fernando Alonso joined the Maranello squad.

“I’ve always had very strong team-mates. I always felt that you need to be perfect because if you’re not perfect they will be in front of you,” explained Massa. “For sure I’ve had some tough times as well with strong team-mates. The one I was suffering more against was Alonso. I think maybe he’s more complete.”

The 32 year old Brazilian, who made his F1 debut at the 2002 Australian Grand Prix does not see his departure from Ferrari as the end of his career in F1. In fact he believes quite the opposite, reckoning that there is still unfinished business.

Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher were teammates at Ferrari in 2006

Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher were teammates at Ferrari in 2006

“I think when you’re happy with everything you['ve done], you stop. So I’m not happy. I want more. I want to win more races. I want to make more pole positions. So when you’re not happy you need to try and carry on and try to do more,” admitted Massa.

With Lotus now the most coveted seat available for 2014, Massa is a contender but faces stiff competition from the likes of Nico Hulkenberg and several other drivers who are actively lobbying for Raikkonen’s soon to be vacated cockpit.

Also on the cards for Massa is a return to Sauber, the team which gave him his F1 break. (GP247)

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  • realf1fan

    Totally agree with Massa, Alonso if it was not for Lewis Hamilton and Adrian Newey would have a near perfect record after his defeating Schumacher back to back.

  • batloun_76

    I think you have to look back at the year 2005 and 2006 how he defeat Michael, 2005 cos of tire (Michelin) and 2006 was illegal suspension for the Renault and the very bad luck for Michael (suzuka + brasil)

  • pfft

    Michael was 36/7 when he partnered massa. Alonso, much younger and at his peak.

    Imagine the schumacher of 1998 vs the prost of 1986 vs the alonso of 2012 vs the Stewart of 1972. Add jim clark just for fun. What a race that would be.

  • Empee

    “Michael was 36/7 when he partnered massa. Alonso, much younger and at his peak.”

    Not to mention Massa worked with twilight Schumacher for only a season. He’s worked with Alonso, who’s still able and hungry, for nearly three now. They haven’t exactly been strong seasons for Massa, either.

  • fools

    You dont say… :)

    ALONSO FOR THE 2013 WDC

  • From above

    realf1fan, I totally agree with you. Against all odds

  • Lakmal

    Schumacher had the most dominant car in that era. But Ferrari still unable to give that dominant car to Alonso yet he is still a championship contender who almost won the championship last year.

  • batloun_76

    Schumacher almost won the title in 2006 with an inferior car, the Renault was the best car on the grid with the tires and the suspension …

  • fools

    I like it :)

  • Hammad Nasrullah

    2006 was a good but a bit disappointing year for MSC. He would have won it. Suzuka engine blow, Ferrari’s first in 4 years, dented his chances. He won 5 championships in a row before 2006 and together with the age factor he might not be that hungry as Alosno.
    MSC is the greatest of all time. No questions what Massa says.

  • paul

    This is a test

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