Alonso: Massa will be 'strong rival'

Tuesday 4th March 2014

Share:

Alonso: Massa will be 'strong rival'

Alonso: Massa will be 'strong rival'

Fernando Alonso believes former team-mate Felipe Massa will be a "strong rival" this season.

Massa spent eight years at Ferrari - four of which as Alonso's team-mate - but moved to Williams at the end of the 2013 season after he was replaced at the Maranello team by Kimi Raikkonen.

The Brazilian's move to Williams was seen by some as a backwards step for the 11-time race winner, but during pre-season the Grove outfit shocked many with their pace and reliability and has emerged as one of the favourites to win the season's first Grand Prix in Australia.

"I've talked with Felipe several times this year already," Spaniard Alonso is quoted by Brazilian publication Globo.

"He is happy, Williams has so much history in formula one and is not just any team, and they have had a very strong pre-season.

"It is very positive because now they can be fighting. Felipe will definitely be a strong rival this year."

Two-time Drivers' Championship winner Alonso also downplayed suggestions that he would struggle to form a partnership with Raikkonen, himself a former World Champion.

"We are trying to work together, working for Ferrari and arriving in Australia to fight for the race," Alonso added.

"So let's have this internal competition - normal in every team - because we all want to be ahead of the other one, and hopefully this can help Ferrari."

Gallery: Race Day In Hungary

Editor's Picks

Winners & Losers: Germany

Winners & Losers: Germany

Not the best result, but Daniel Ricciardo drove the finest race of his F1 career on a storming afternoon at Hockenheim...

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

There appears to be a sense of déjà vu for Ferrari since the return of Kimi Raikkonen, and perhaps it's time for the team to cut their losses...

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Daniil Kvyat is bossing his more experienced team-mate, unlike Kevin Magnussen. Fernando Alonso still has the biggest margin...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...