Felipe Massa has insisted that he has no concerns about the possibility that he might end up playing second fiddle to the incoming Fernando Alonso at Ferrari in F1 2010 – contending that whichever of the two puts in the most work will ultimately come out on top.
Ordinarily, the incumbent driver in a team would be expected to hold an advantage over a new arrival, but in the case of Ferrari, it is arguably Massa who is on the back foot, recovering as he is from the freak high-speed Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying accident back in the summer that very nearly cost him his eyesight.
That has led some to surmise that once double F1 World Champion Alonso settles in and gets his feet properly under the table at the Scuderia
, Massa – who has yet to lift the laurels in the top flight – will find himself cast into a supporting role.
Having ably handled both Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen during the course of his four seasons at Maranello to-date, however, the Paulista is confident of once again being able to hold his own.
“Whoever comes to Ferrari is always going to be a very strong driver, because they always have the best ones,” the eleven-time grand prix-winner told Brazilian radio station Jovem Pan FM
, rating his new team-mate as a 'great driver...one of the best in Formula 1'.
“I will do as I always have done – try to win. The work within a team is always collective. Schumacher carried a great influence at Ferrari because he earned it; he arrived, worked and created a competitive team. To have that position you have to work hard and achieve results.”