Massa: Difficult Alonso divided Ferrari when we were teammates

Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were teammates at Ferrari from 2010-13

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Felipe Massa has admitted he found it difficult to work with Fernando Alonso when the pair were teammates at Ferrari, as the Spaniard gears up for yet another fresh start in 2023 with Aston Martin.

Massa returned to Ferrari in 2010 after his horrifying head injury at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, but struggled alongside new signing Alonso and left the team in 2013.

After being world champion for half a minute in 2008 he never recovered his form after the injury and was denied his best chance at a race win by Ferrari team orders at the 2010 German Grand Prix.

“Working in a team together with him was difficult,” Massa told Swiatwyscigow.pl. “The team was divided, and ultimately this was not good for the team’s result.

“Also from my perspective, I didn’t have it in me to make the team listen to me. It was quite difficult. Anyway, there was also a lot of experience to gain. Above all, he was an amazing driver. There is no denying that.”

Massa on Drugovich

Felipe Drugovich joins Aston Martin as reserve driver | Aston Martin F1

Massa was the last Brazilian to drive in F1 as he retired in 2017, a year after Felipe Nasr – the last Brazilian to make his debut.

Felipe Drugovich is the next great South American hope for F1, having won the 2022 F2 championship and now sitting as a reserve driver with Aston Martin.

Drugovich fought for three seasons to reach the top of F2, often in uncompetitive machinery, but was mostly passed over in the seat carousel before landing his backup role with Aston Martin.

“He managed to win the Formula 2 title and I think that’s really amazing,” Massa said of his compatriot. “If he signs with the right team or not – it’s impossible to say because you have to have the chance, you have to have the opportunity to be in Formula One.

“It remains to be seen whether he will now have that opportunity or not, Aston Martin have Fernando there for two years, and the son of the owner.

“So we don’t know if he will have a chance or not. We have to wait and see if he will have that opportunity at Aston Martin or maybe at another team. We have to wait and see, but I hope so.

“The negative aspect in his case, is that he won that F2 title in only his third year of competing. In a situation like that, the F1 team doesn’t attach that much importance compared to if you had made your debut and won the championship outright.”

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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