Felipe Massa has named Fernando Alonso as his strongest Formula 1 team-mate, thus putting the Spaniard above seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher.
Massa, who will be replaced by Kimi Räikkönen next season, raced alongside Nick Heidfeld, Giancarlo Fisichella and Jacques Villeneuve at Sauber, before joining Ferrari to partner Schumacher, the aforementioned Finn and most recently Alonso.
When asked to pick out the best of the group, the Brazilian was clear in his mind.
"Fernando," Massa, who made his debut in 2002, said during an interview published on the official Ferrari website. "Schumacher was as quick, but in terms of intelligence, Alonso is better because he manages to put everything together perfectly."
Having spent 11 seasons in the sport, Massa is now working hard to remain on the grid. But although another term in the top echelon is his preference, he admits a move to Germany's DTM series or his native Stock Car Brasil is of interest for the future.
"I love racing, it's part of my life and makes me happy," Massa commented. "Maybe after Formula 1 I'll try my hand at some other category – DTM or Brazilian Stock Cars
I do agree that Fernando's racing IQ is one of the best, but to say he is better than Schumacher at his vintage years is another thing. And Michael was very, very good in 2006 when they raced, but he was not the same driver as he was in his earlier years. One could say the same about Alonso, he is a much better driver now than in 2006, or it shows that way.
Felipe never raced aganist that 1990s Michael Schumacher who was arugbably the finest driver of that time. But I do see some simlair things between Fernando and Michael given their teammates, they both rather beat them by a large margin. I do believe Alonso's 2012 season was like Michael's 1998 season where he was absolutely the finest driving year of his career given the cars he had given in a single season alone.
My question to all: If Fernando was at Ferrari in the mid 1990s, like Schumacher was, and had the same exact team with Ross Brawn-Rory Byrne and Jean Todt.... Would Fernando be as successful as Michael Schumacher was?
Edited by George Costanza, 10 November 2013 - 00:23.