Fernando Alonso says it will be good for him and the Ferrari team if Felipe Massa has a strong year.
Massa began 2012 poorly but improved in the second half of the year and was more than a match for Alonso on pace in the final two races.
“I have always said that Felipe was one of the best drivers around and I still remember that some people smiled when I said this last year,” said Alonso.
“He and I have always helped one another, day by day and I expect him to always be very close to me in terms of performance: what was not not normal was the difference between us over the past two years, but now I don?óÔé¼Ôäót think that will be the case. That will be a very positive factor for me and especially for the team.”
Despite narrowly missed out on the drivers’ championship in 2012 Alonso says he is under no added pressure to success this time. “I don?óÔé¼Ôäót think there is necessarily an obligation to win,” he said.
“Sport means sacrifice, work, enjoyment of what one does and for the past three years, I?óÔé¼Ôäóve been fortunate to be in the fight for important targets.
“There are 24 drivers in Formula One and few of them can say they have won races and usually finished on the podium. Since I?óÔé¼Ôäóve been at Ferrari, two out of three times I have come very close to being world champion, which is the target for me and for a team like ours and I hope I can now make that three times out of four.”
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