Massa Tells Ferrari Not to Favor Alonso
Although the staff at Ferrari, including its very president Luca di Montezemolo, insisted publicly during the launch event of the new Ferrari F150th Italia that no driver will be favored in the title fight from early in the season, the Brazilian seems to need some further guarantees.
Talking to La Stampa newspaper in Italy, Massa made it very clear that he will no longer submit to another Ferrari team order like the one in Hockenheim, 2010.
“Choosing a number one driver too soon reduces the (team's) chances to win the championship from two to one,” he told the aforementioned source, while admitting however that his performances with Ferrari in the last couple of seasons have not been close to the expectations.
“As to my capacities, I know how to win – races and also the championship,” added the 29-year old Brazilian, who was only seconds away from becoming world champion back in 2008.
And, as in every interview with Massa lately, the Ferrari-an also addressed his well-known tire problem. Having struggled with the tire compounds provided by Bridgestone in recent years, he admitted that switching to Pirelli has given him a better feedback so far, in testing.
“Compared to the Bridgestones, they are working better for me. They are as I like them,” concluded Massa.