Massa: I was as fast as Alonso

Monday 30-December-2013 14:15

Felipe Massa reckons he had the measure of Fernando Alonso in qualifying this past season even if he did lose out on grand prix Sundays.

Although Alonso trounced his team-mate in the Drivers' standings, 242 points to 112, the second half of the Champion at least saw Massa edge ahead in qualifying.

The Brazilian edged his team-mate in five of the nine qualifying sessions in the wake of the summer break.

His improved form, though, was not enough to secure his future with the 32-year-old parting ways with the team at the end of the season.

"Fernando is a very strong racing driver, especially in the first few rounds of the World Champion he was fantastic," he told Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper.

"Qualifying is not as important to the World Championship as it has been and I was at least fast, if not faster, than Alonso.

"In the grands prix, considering other factors; the tactics, traffic, pit stops and all of that; I was not very lucky.

"When Alonso was driving for the Championship, and I was not, he had the advantage of strategy and that affects your ability to get the top positions."

Massa will now head to Williams where he believes he can play a role in the team's resurgence.

"I know Williams just been through a tough phase but I think the team has the potential to achieve much more than last season.

"They have what is required to reach the same level that Williams were a few years ago and I want to be a part of that process.

"The Mercedes engines should be very competitive so I am confident that, together with Valtteri Bottas, we will have a good package at our disposal and can fight for regular points in an effort to get steadily closer to the front."

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