Teaming up with three World Champions throughout his eight years at Ferrari, Felipe Massa says Fernando Alonso was “for positive” essentially the most tough to work with.
Becoming a member of the Scuderia in 2006, Massa spent a single season as Michael Schumacher’s team-mate earlier than Ferrari introduced in Kimi Raikkonen to exchange the retiring German.
After Raikkonen left, it was Alonso who donned the purple race go well with, Massa’s team-mate for 4 years earlier than the Brazilian left to hitch Williams.
It was, says the previous F1 driver, 4 years of watching the workforce “splitting within the center”.
Talking to Polish publication swiatwyscigow.pl he was requested if Alonso had been his ‘most tough team-mate’.
He replied: “Yeah, yeah, for positive.”
Pressed as to why, he mentioned: “To begin with, he was an incredible driver, there’s nothing extra you may say there.”
“However,” he added, “it was fairly tough to work collectively contained in the workforce. Truly, the workforce was splitting within the center.
“And in the long run, it was not good for the results of the workforce. And in addition, for me, I didn’t really feel sturdy sufficient to work, to make the workforce hearken to me. That was fairly onerous.
“However anyway, it was additionally some studying round as nicely.”
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Alonso beat Massa in all 4 of their seasons collectively as team-mates, the Spaniard bagging three runner-up ends in the championship.
He was the second double World Champion that Massa had labored with, the previous driver spending his first 12 months at Ferrari studying from seven-time World Champion Schumacher.
That, he says, was “nice”.
“It was an important expertise. It was a good time to have the ability to be team-mates with Michael Schumacher. I realized loads from him. He was an incredible driver. The way in which he was working…
“We had been very shut as nicely. In the long run I used to be fortunate to be a part of that have.”
Massa, nevertheless, fell brief in his purpose of turning these classes right into a World title.
He got here shut in 2008, World Championship for some 30 seconds earlier than Lewis Hamilton overtook Timo Glock on the ultimate lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix to win the title.
The wild celebrations from each the driving force and his household ended abruptly when each he and Ferrari had been knowledgeable of Hamilton’s ending place.
Right this moment he nonetheless has the media reminding him off his shut name.
“It’s not tough, to be sincere,” he mentioned. “That message, it was regular.
“I imply, for positive, it was not the message I used to be anticipating to obtain however with all the things that was occurring within the race, it was raining on the finish, I believed all the things may have been attainable. And I understood that.
“I imply, Lewis was in the midst of the battle, so possibly it may be good, it may be unhealthy. Then, when he mentioned that message, I used to be disenchanted, however I received the race.
“It was not relying on myself; it was relying on the place behind. I couldn’t do something. I did my job within the good approach I may.”
And that’s why he says he wouldn’t change something about his profession.
“I don’t want to alter something,” he mentioned. “I’ve realized loads. Something that occurs, it occurs for my studying. I’m actually having fun with many moments.
“I be taught with the tough moments. I loved many good moments, and I believe it was an important expertise in my life. Nothing actually I can change.
“For positive, if the one factor I can ask to alter is another level in 2008. However that didn’t occur for a purpose, and in the long run, it didn’t actually change my life.”