That’s fair enough. It would seem that Massa and Raikkonen wanted different things from their car and Ferrari ended up struggling which direction to take in their development. As I’ve said before, because of their different make-up and attitudes, that meant in the end that they chose Massa’s way, hurting Raikkonen’s speed in the process. By “in the end” of course, I mean “in 2008″.
But you can’t say that Massa might have been able to at least match Raikkonen because the car was coming good at the end of 2009. Ferrari very publicly stopped development of the F60 after Hungary. What I think did happen, was that Ferrari did not have to divide their attention anymore, so whatever improvements they could make to the car, all went Raikkonen’s way. And he showed them what he could have done if they’d just decided to back him.
Course, that last sentence is my bitter fan-boy side that’s a tad bitter about him getting fired talking :p