Massa launches scathing attack on Ferrari leadership and Fernando Alonso

The Brazilian drove for the team between 2006-2013, winning 11 races

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Felipe Massa has slammed Fernando Alonso for “splitting the team in half” during their shared time at Ferrari, whilst he also went after then-president Luca di Montezemolo for being unfair.

The Brazilian, who won 11 races between 2006-2008, drove for Ferrari for seven years and partnered up with esteemed drivers such as Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Alonso and almost delivered the team a drivers’ championship in 2008.

But now over a decade after his departure he has slammed the Spanish racer and di Montezemolo by accusing the pair of conspiring against Massa and thus causing a rift to appear in Formula 1’s oldest team.

“He [Alonso] always had a typical way of working,” Massa said to Track Limits podcast. “Using his power. He had a lot of power and he tried to use it to get everything on his side. I think that split the team in half.

“So it wasn’t exactly great the way he worked, but he’s like that, and I think the only problem with splitting the team in half is that it wasn’t good for the team.”

In his calling out of di Montezemelo, the Brazilian particularly highlighted comments his old boss made after the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix during which he revealed Ferrari were still using simulators despite Massa being instructed to no longer do so.

“I remember one time we started to develop the simulator because Red Bull had a much better one, even McLaren,” Massa continued.

“So we were working very, very hard on it, me and him. Suddenly, he [Di Montezemelo] came in the middle of the season and said, ‘I don’t want to go to the simulator anymore because it doesn’t help anything,’ so he decided to stop working in the simulator.

Felipe Massa | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

“But I kept working because I wasn’t in great shape and that season we didn’t have a good car. Then, in Singapore, he suddenly won the race.

“After Sunday, Di Montezemolo, who was our president, went to the media and said: ‘It’s incredible to see Fernando how hard he works with the team, every week he’s in the simulator at the factory, he goes to meetings every week. That’s something that completely destroys you mentally.”

When is the next F1 2023 race?

F1 returns to Las Vegas for the first time since 1982, racing around a track dominated by high-speed turns and long straights for overtaking chances.

It’s expected to be very cold in the race – making tyre, brake and engine temperatures a challenge to manage, presenting a potentially intriguing race that could see the order completely mixed up based on whoever gets their set-up dialled in the best, as opposed to who holds the fastest car on any given day.

The Las Vegas GP gets underway local time [Pacific Time] on Thursday November 17 with Free Practice 1 at 20:30 PT (04:30 UK time).

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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