@enigma I think, if Alonso would be out of contention, he surely would.
I really like how Massa drove towards the end of the year.
I think he was a top driver before his injury and a strange one. One who started out as something like a Maldonado in 2002, and then… I think as opposed to most of the greatest drivers nowadays, the Alonsos, Vettels and Hamiltons, Massa had more diligence to his superiority than pure talent by the time he reached the top in 2008. A complete opposite of the Raikkonen of pre-2012. I always felt he reached that level by effectively humbly learning everything possible from Michael during their time together. His measured aggressitivy when clicked was reminiscent of Michael’s.
People, I think, tend to overlook it, due to the resurgence of the Brawns and Vettel, but I think losing the championship the way he did in Interlagos in 2008 only made Massa even stronger: I saw those kind of 110% and faultless drives from him in 2009 as I only saw at the very top drivers. Consistently. It was just that that performance was only enough for 4th-5th places. Check his results.
…And then, I saw that Massa never returning after what happened at the Hungaroring… I was so sad to see him go. He offered glimpses of what he was before towards the end of this year, and this is encouraging, I think.