Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Nurburgring, 2013

Massa ‘will definitely help Alonso’ in championship

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Nurburgring, 2013Ferrari have responded to Felipe Massa’s claim he will not support team mate Fernando Alonso during the rest of the season.

After news broke of his impending departure from Ferrari at the end of the season Massa told Brazilian television he will be working for himself and not his team mate from now on.

But president Luca di Montezemolo rebuffed the claim in an interview for La Gazzetta dello Sport: “They say he won?t help Fernando? Please!”

“He will definitely do so, giving us a hand for the constructors’ and Alonso for the drivers'”

Massa has been called on to assist Alonso on several occasions during their time as team mates. He surrendered his most recent chance to win a race to Alonso under orders from Ferrari at Hockenheim in 2010. Last year Ferrari deliberately incurred a gearbox change penalty on Massa’s car, moving him back five place on the grid and moving Alonso forward one place.

“The team will support Alonso until the very last metre,” Montezemolo added, “and on top of that, I am also expecting Massa to have a great end to the season. Felipe is an exceptional guy and a wonderful person.”

However Montezemolo admitted Massa had lost his place in the team because his results weren’t good enough:

“The relationship was clear. He needed results and so did we. He did get some, but he was inconsistent, having some good races but not on a regular basis.

“In 2012, we felt the lack of his points in the constructors?. It will be good for him to have a change of scenery.”

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  1. I really hope we won’t give up 1cm in Alonso’s favour from now on. Problem is if he’ll have another chance this season to be in such position. To favour Alonso in some way, it’s a MUST to place himself in front of Alonso ! That’s not something easy to do for Massa given the last 4 years.

  2. My dream is for Massa to quit Formula 1 and move to Indycar next year. Montoya is going to be there. Takuma Sato is probably still going to be there. Helio Castroneves and Tony Kannan are cool Brazilians who are going to be there too. He’ll be able to see more of his family because the globe-hopping won’t be as extreme. He may not make as much money, but how much money does he really need? What Massa needs (and deserves) is a Championship, and this is something that he can win in Indycar. After the last few Indycar races, it is my opinion that the series needs better drivers too. Like Filipe.

  3. I actually have some sympathy for Ferrari here. They stuck by Felipe after his injury and I believe at the start of the season, they do give Alonso and Massa equal support. It’s just that Alonso is a better driver, and by half way through the season it is clear that he is the only shot at the championship. I’m not advocating the Ferrari way, just stating the facts as I see it from the outside (whilst blissfully ignoring the sham that is Hockenheim 2010).

    Who knows, Kobayashi could be in the car come Japan ;)

    1. I know he has Ferrari ties now, but he hasn’t done any work with the car if my memory serves me right, while de la Rosa has, which makes me think in the unlikely event they drop Massa before the end of the season, de la Rosa would get the drive.
      Ferrari replacing Massa with a driver who wasn’t good enough to be kept by Sauber would show they don’t want 2nd in the constructors’ that badly.

    2. I agree. Any other driver would have been fired during 2011. He’s been abysmal, but they showed him a great deal a of loyalty because of how close he came to dying.

      Then you have him needlessly saying Alonso is better than Schumacher. A kick in the teeth to his mentor.

  4. Michael Brown (@)
    18th September 2013, 0:04

    What if Massa doesn’t help Alonso and Ferrari fires him? Are they going to hire Badoer and screw their constructors’ chances?

  5. One again, the underdog mentality has prevailed.

    Why does Massa find himself in the position that he’s in? Because he isnt good enough. Its as simple as that, and he knows this. Why else would have stuck around for so long? There are many similarities between Alonso’s and Schumacher’s tenure at Ferrari. They share that unrelenting determination to win and extreme work ethic. Their modus operadi is to built a team around them. So, this is a given and any person who is worth his salt would have realized this from day 1.

    So, if Massa feeling as if he was trampled upon, his aspirations stifled, why didnt he walk out? I would have. A lot of the arguments here are pathetic. Its easy to hate a professional athlete who is on top of their game, because it goes hand in hand with a little bit of arrogance and self entitlement, but it does not take anything away from their ability to perform consistently at their best…that is why they are as good as they are.

    1. @jaymenon10 – but added to that, you’d have to say Barichello wasn’t good enough either.

      In reality, Massa and Barichello are both very good drivers but they aren’t on a par with to best (Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen). Because of how Ferrari operate, that means Massa has to support Alonso and can’t race for himself which stops him from growing and improving as a driver.

  6. MB (@muralibhats)
    18th September 2013, 3:19

    What I think is the teams which Massa is having talks with are having some doubts on Massa’s competitiveness and want him to show in the next race how he will drive without team ordering him. That is why he is making this statement before the build up for the race.

  7. I feel sorry for Massa. after his big accident he is not a same driver, it’s true. not a same guy who almost won WDC. and when he got close to win again- his team told him that Fernando is faster than him. this surely kills every drivers morale and desire to shine in da race track.

  8. Massa has spent the last few years playing the team game and then Ferrari go and drop him for someone who is faster. Massa now needs to fight for a new job so why would he let Alonso past him?

    If he out qualifies Alonso and finishes the season stronger, it would put him in a great position to get a seat next year but if he trawls around jumping out of the way, I can’t see why anyone would pick him. No other teams are going to care whether Massa lets Alonso past or not – most would probably respect him for not doing so! Any team that signs Massa will probably do so pairing a young, inexperienced driver so they won’t care about his “team-work” skills anyway!

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