Yeah, I agree. Anything better than Massa (in his current form) would spoil the team spirit rightaway. For example, rememeber how Trully beat shit out of Alonso when they were teamed up in Renault? If memory serves, Trulli even won one race (Monaco?) that year, while Alonso won nothing.
But then of course, Briatore needed to do something to protect his investment (Alonso) so he sacked Trulli, that was hilarious thing to do (sacking your better driver in order to make your second driver look better) , I am sure you remember that one.
What's your excuse for 2003 when Alonso beat Trulli fair and square and got the first win for Renault in a lot of years... Also, in 2004 ALonso had 5 retirements while Trulli had 3. Agreed that Alonso had some retirements due his fault but then again all drivers have bad years. Regarding the skills you cannot critize him neither now nor back in 2004.
Awwww crap, I got dragged again.
Btw, nice that Alonso is second in the F1 fanatic season. Many people with a lot of resintements stated Alonso's arrival to Ferrari was a fail but with two very complicated seasons with a very dominant RBR and still he managed to push his Ferrari to second position which is nice given the circumstances. Now Alonso just need to get it again this year also in the WDC standings. Perhaps with some chances of getting the championship just like last year? Let's see how Germany turns out.