False. Massa was equally fast or faster than Raikkonen in 2007, don’t let the final points tally fool you. Massa was leading Raikkonen in the championship throughout the majority of the season, despite having more bad luck. It wasn’t until Felipe’s suspension failure in Monza when the team sided with Kimi, who became their best bet to beat McLaren, only because he was luckier.
I know Massa led Raikkonen for a long time in 2007, much like Hamilton led the WDC at certain points with a comfortable lead. But from 2004 to 2006 I thought Massa was talented, but also unstable. In 2007, he was fast, but Raikkonen seemed much more confident and secure. It wasn’t until the final races I considered Hamilton a real contender as well. Massa was fast, no doubt, but I don’t think he was on Raikkonen’s level yet, luck or no luck. In 2008 and 2009, to me, Massa did have the upper hand over Raikkonen, and was one of the best drivers around. Sure, he made some mistakes in 2008, but he seemed much more stable, confident and consistent than ever before.
I’m personally rather tiresome of the Massa-bashing on this site, because of his poor performances today, people are dismissing the fact that he was ever a good driver, which is pure ignorance. Schumacher suffered the same unjust treatment during his comeback. As I have said before, simply because Felipe has been performing poorly today, does not take anything away from the fact that in 2007-2008, he was a superior driver to Raikkonen, and likely close to being an equal of Lewis and Fernando.
I can only speak for myself, but Massa had much, much less historical performance to back him up than Schumacher. Even if Hamliton was running circles around Rosberg now, Schumacher still has a lot of records backing his ability up, and the memories of the races and championships he could have won. Massa only came to his prime form for about a year and a half and to me, it’s simply harder to uphold those 1.5 years to 4 years of coming into form and now 4 seasons of occasionally showing his true form, but having a lot of mistakes which seems to be a result from a lack of confidence or other mental issues. To me, he was one of the best drivers of 2007/8/9, but how I percieve him is also largely influenced by his current performances, which is why I personally think he isn’t up to the level of my top 10 drivers in this list.
I do think it’s weird so many people attribute his current form either to the accident alone, or Ferrari’s driver role system alone. 2010 was his best season after his accident, and he had his spirit broken at Hockenheim that year. In my view, he never truely recovered from that.