Massa: Schumacher was very, very good but maybe Alonso is even more perfect
15 September, 2013
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.
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.
“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. (Apex)
Subbed by AJN.