Former Ferrari F1 driver and 11-time Grand Prix winner Felipe Massa thinks Fernando Alonso had made a strange decision to join Aston Martin, citing the team’s lack of competitiveness to make his point.
With Sebastian Vettel announcing his retirement from Formula 1, Alonso was recruited to replace the quadruple world champion at Aston Martin. While the decision to snap up Alonso was a straightforward one for Aston Martin, many have questioned Alonso’s decision to move to a team that is less competitive than the one he is currently at.
Massa, who raced with Alonso between 2010 and 2013 thinks the Spaniard may rue his decision to join the Silverstone-based outfit.
“Fernando [Alonso] has made a strange new choice in his career,” Massa told Soymotor.com.
“I think this is something that everyone thinks. To be honest, I was very surprised by his choice, not Aston’s. I think Aston Martin has a lot to gain, but I don’t think this is the case with Fernando.
Massa on what Alonso really needs
Massa is also unsure how competitive Aston Martin will be in the coming years, with the Brazilian admitting Alonso could lose interest if he is forced to battle in the midfield.
“What Fernando needs is a competitive car, which allows him to show everything he is capable of doing,” Massa continued.
“If things continue as they are – Aston Martin’s competitiveness is scarce – he will have to fight to be tenth, 11th or 12th and I don’t think Make this interesting for him.”
Alonso is an incredible driver
The Brazilian also briefly described what it was like being Alonso’s teammate, stating that he learned a lot from the double world champion during their stint at Ferrari.
“[He is] an incredible driver, with whom I had the honor of being his teammate at Ferrari,” Massa stated.
“I learned a lot from him and in my opinion he is one of the best drivers in the world.”
Alonso’s decision to join Aston Martin will continue to be a hotly debated topic until the start of next season. Despite being considered one of the best drivers of his generation, Alonso it could be said has a penchant for finding himself in being at the wrong place at the wrong time as evidenced by his ill-fated second stint at McLaren.