The implication is very clear, though. If you have a new part but only one, who is going to get it? Your great champion or your very good driver? If there is an optimum lap for both drivers to pit on, who will you call in, your great champion or your number one driver?
All of these questions have been answered. They are determined by world championship contention, and track position. It has been proven that Ferrari allow their drivers to race, unless one is out of championship contention, which Massa was in 2010 despite being mathematically in contention. In China 2011, Massa was faster than Alonso, and guess what, he was given the optimal pit strategy, and allowed to finish directly ahead and beat him, which totally, debunks the whole debate. Reading this thread, page after page, the same baseless allegation is repeated, without any evidence, in fact contrary to the evidence, as I just listed.
Domincelli was talking about the type of driver Ferrari employ, which is a great driver and another competitive driver, he spoke nothing of team policy status, and to suggest he did is just a distortion. The beauty is that we do not have to rely on anyones words, regardless of how you wish to interpret them because we can see it with our own eyes.
1. The only example of Alonso getting any
preferential treatment was over two years ago in a single race, when he was fighting for the title and Massa was out of realistic contention. A policy which is univeral within all team historically, so even this one example was not evidence of de facto number 1 status which is the claim here.
And that's it. For the rest of the time, Massa has been allowed to race Alonso on track, keep his position, beat him, and both share the same updates.
So its quite clear Ferrari do have a number 1 status policy. Of course anyone who disagrees can list all the evidence that supports the opposite, but just repeating the same allegations over and over is not classed as a credible argument.