Alonso stronger than Schumacher was – Massa

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Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Singapore, 2013Fernando Alonso is an even stronger team mate than Michael Schumacher was, according to Felipe Massa.

Massa, who has two races left with Ferrari before leaving the team, is the only driver to have partnered both seven-times champion Schumacher and twice-champion Alonso in F1.

“Schumacher was as quick, but in terms of intelligence, Alonso is better because he manages to put everything together perfectly,” said Massa, who was Schumacher’s team mate in 2006 and has partnered Alonso since 2010.

Massa also paid tribute to Sebastian Vettel following the Red Bull driver’s fourth world championship victory last month.

“It is one hundred percent down to him and his car,” said Massa.

“Because it?s true he drives the quickest and most consistent car. But then it?s he who manages to extract its potential, who takes pole, who puts six tenths over on everyone, including his team-mate. He?s a fantastic driver.”

Asked about his own world championship near-miss in 2008, when he lost to Lewis Hamilton by a single point, Massa said he agreed with team principal Stefano Domenicali’s view that he deserved the title:

“One hundred percent yes. I deserved the title, taking into account the season and everything that happened…”

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134 comments on Alonso stronger than Schumacher was – Massa

  1. George said on 7th November 2013, 5:52

    People seem to forget that Schumacher did not automatically bring the title to Ferrari

    It took him 5 years aswell!!!

    Anyway Heres my top 10:

    1. Senna
    3. Schumacher
    4. Prost
    6. Vettel
    7. Lauda
    8. Mansell
    9. Stewart
    10. Hakkinen

    Yes i know Fangio is not in there

    • That’s an interesting nomination: no Fangio but Häkkinen and Mansell? Care to explain your choice – I would like to hear your logic on this, I’m sure it would be fascinating!

    • George said on 8th November 2013, 0:04

      Mansell and Hakkinen based on raw speed and ability!,
      Had Mansell been in Sennas Williams all year the championship would have been sealed up with 2 races to go!
      I rate Fangio and i understand he won 5 titles but its very hard to compare those cars to todays or even ones of the last 20 years,
      For instance: put Alonso in a time machine and send him back to 1950.. he would do well i think.

      On the same token put Fangio in a time machine and send him to today , i dont he would do that well

  2. PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend) said on 7th November 2013, 9:40

    News recycling… this was said by Massa months ago

  3. zoom (@zoomracing) said on 7th November 2013, 10:43

    Is amazing how Massa keeps blaming the crashgate when he and his team did a lot of mistakes that year, specially Massa had some rookie ones. Crashgate was disgusting but is not the only reason why Massa is not a champion.

  4. F1_Fan said on 7th November 2013, 13:26

    Massa just doesn’s know him welll enough (as a racer) as he only knows him since 2006 and that was just after MS’s pick of his career. And that is why his words are useless.

    If Massa were smarter then he would see what MS did – brough Ferrari back to WCC – 6 times, WDC-5 times in line and now we have Alonso and what they both brought after 4 years !???

  5. Mark in Florida said on 7th November 2013, 17:38

    Massa is a joke! I used to feel sorry for him after his accident but no more. His endless pandering towards Alonso is tiresome. His form has been up and down over the years. If Alonso is so much better and the more complete driver why doesn’t the driving record support such ludicrous claims.? Alonso is a very good driver has great insight and instincts but Schumacher had all that. He was able to take whatever car he was in and put it further up the field than anyone else. Yes Schumacher was at times ruthless and dirty but Alonso has been guilty too. Winner’s find a way losers cry a way Phillips!

  6. Gerry said on 8th November 2013, 6:18

    Alonso stronger then Schumacher!! you gotta be joking Massa!!!

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