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Author Topic: Alonso: Massa is one of the best  (Read 3859 times)

Offline Dare

Alonso: Massa is one of the best
« on: May 07, 2012, 03:01:32 PM »
translation:Don't get rid of Massa,he's my dream teamie

Fernando Alonso says his team-mate Felipe Massa does not deserve the criticism currently being heaped on his shoulders.

After a disappointing Championship last year when he failed to reach the podium, Massa's 2012 campaign is not looking much better.

Battling to get the most out of his under-performing F2012, the Brazilian has scored just two points, both of which came at race four of the Championship, the Bahrain GP.

This has led to widespread calls for Ferrari to replace Massa at the end of the year or even during the current season.

However, Alonso is adamant that criticism of Massa is not fair.

"He's one of the best drivers in the world, and he has shown it during his whole career," Alonso told his website.

"It's easy to praise when you have a good car but also to criticise when you have a bad one.

"I lived similar situations during my last stint at Renault, when some of my team-mates were unfairly criticised and now, they are being praised once again."

Massa is not the only member of the Ferrari team who has come in for some stick over the past 12 months as there has also been a hefty amount of criticism aimed at Domenicali.

Asked if he believed Ferrari would do better if Domenicali was replaced with his former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore, Alonso said: "Stefano's work is fantastic in every sense and I can't think of anyone better than him.

"As I explained before, it only takes one race to pass from criticism to praise.

"I'm very good friends with Flavio and we talk frequently. He's one of the most intelligent people I've ever met."

Mark Twain once opined, "it's easier to con someone than to convince them they've been conned."

Offline Jericoke

Re: Alonso: Massa is one of the best
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2012, 03:18:55 PM »
Flavio running Ferrari... who'd have thought that?    :-*

I do think that Ferrari does have bigger problems than Massa.  However, I don't think that Massa can win at Ferrari.  Either his skill/nerve has slipped, or he needs a change of scenary (I certainly hope the latter!)  There's not much point in him staying on at Ferrari (unless he wants the money.  Who can begrudge him that?)

Offline Scott

Re: Alonso: Massa is one of the best
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2012, 05:36:16 PM »
Massa should move on, but not before the end of the year IMO.  Like Jeri said, Ferrari have bigger problems than Massa.

If the quiet conservative type of Italian (didn't know there was one) running the team doesn't work (although that type of Frenchman worked quite well), maybe they need to get in a loud screaming type of Italian.  Flavio will certainly get them headlines, even if they aren't leading races.  ;)
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Offline F1fanaticBD

Re: Alonso: Massa is one of the best
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2012, 07:11:44 PM »
Our dear Nando is singing his team's PR.. " We are there for you" and not singing the part that says "To kick"..

Probably this is a to make the dismissal took away a lot attension, and make it less p/r disaster for Ferrari..

Ferrari has bigger, much bigger fix to do..they need focus..
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Re: Alonso: Massa is one of the best
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2012, 08:42:17 AM »
                    current 20 F1
"He's one of the best drivers in the world"

Offline Scott

Re: Alonso: Massa is one of the best
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2012, 09:11:15 AM »
                    current 20 F1
"He's one of the best drivers in the world"
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Re: Alonso: Massa is one of the best
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2012, 09:45:18 AM »

The more Massa struggles the better Nando looks, who wouldn't want to be extra supportive to keep that teamate?  :D

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Offline stealthhaggis

Re: Alonso: Massa is one of the best
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2012, 04:43:34 PM »
One of the best at getting out of the way or in the way depending on what Ferrari need at the time.


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