Spain

Last Race: 10th May Spain

Spain GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Nico Rosberg
2 Lewis Hamilton
3 Sebastian Vettel
Monaco

Next Race: 24th May Monaco

Alonso: Massa deserves credit

2012-09-20 18:50:00

 RSS

Share:

Alonso: Massa deserves credit

Fernando Alonso has backed his team-mate Felipe Massa, saying one shouldn't belittle what he has achieved in F1...

Fernando Alonso has backed his team-mate Felipe Massa, saying one shouldn't belittle what he has achieved in F1.


The 2008 runner-up, who has not featured on the podium since the 2010 Korean GP, is under fire with reports claiming his days at Ferrari are numbered.

Sergio Perez, Heikki Kovalainen and Nico Hulkenberg are just the latest to be linked to Massa's Ferrari race-seat.

However, his double World Champion team-mate Alonso says one should not write off all that Massa has achieved in F1.

"Anyone who comes to drive here must be a driver that respects Ferrari and the tradition of this team and the fact that here, we work for the team, for the red cars as our first priority," Alonso told the Scuderia's website.

"I have been working with Felipe for three years now and we have a very good relationship and if the team decides to appoint someone different for next year, then that driver has to be better than Felipe.

"Looking at all the names that you the media have been putting forward as a replacement, I'm not sure if you realise quite how much Felipe has achieved in Formula 1, compared to the names mentioned."

The 31-year-old also shared his thoughts on his good friend Robert Kubica, who returned to competition earlier this month with a victory in an Italian rally.

"I have known Robert since he was 12 years old and he is a nice guy and a very talented driver.

"It was good that he has been able to drive in a rally, but if he wants to be back in Formula 1, he can't just leave hospital and start.

"You need practice and you need to "wake-up" your driving skills and start a training routine physically and also mentally, as you need to become again a professional driver in your head. Driving in that rally was part of this process."

Rob Smedley and Valtteri Bottas have a laugh before practice

Editor's Picks

Merc's Spanish GP Updates

Merc's Spanish GP Updates

As the rest of the field look to close the gap, Mercedes introduced a few new parts to the W06 themselves in Spain...

Good Race, Bad Race: Spain

Good Race, Bad Race: Spain

Some had it better than others in Spain...

Forum: Good For A Laugh

Forum: Good For A Laugh

Nico Rosberg laughed off number two claims; the Forum laughed at him laughing it off...

F1 Could Learn From FIFA

F1 Could Learn From FIFA

The F1 Strategy Group's latest vision for the sport falls well short of the existential threat to F1: sustainability...

PF1 Fantasy Racing

PF1 Fantasy Racing

Are you a Ross Brawn or a Paul Stoddart? Can you manage money like Bernie or Caterham? Let's find out...