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Italian Grand Prix: Ferrari 'ready to make driver decision'

"Fernando is a great driver, who has done a lot for Ferrari and he is right to be unhappy at not securing better results," continued di Montezemolo. "From that point of view, I am more unhappy than he is."

However, he added: "But in a great family, you win and lose together and now I'm expecting the team to do their very best."

"The radio messages have been misunderstood, as is often the case when you don't experience something first hand," said Alonso himself. "The word 'genius' refers to the fact that we could have got out before Rosberg had gone by on his quick lap, but this should not raise any doubts about the impeccable job from the whole team.

"He [Massa] was perfect," added Alonso. "He was a little bit in front of me and helping me along the straights. It was perfect and this extra tenth or something was thanks to him."

Despite those reassurances, the ever-zealous Italian press will likely be vigilant to spot further signs of a growing distance between Alonso and Ferrari, which may in turn influence the team's decision on who to sign as their second drive for 2014 - whether to go for an equal talent such as Kimi Raikkonen, stick with a known quantity such as Felipe Massa - or maybe try something even more surprising such as Nico Hulkenberg, who made a vivid impression on the Monza paddock by storming to third place on the grid for Sunday's race in the Sauber.

The silly season continues, and will do for some weeks yet.

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07.09.2013- Free practice 3, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138
07.09.2013- Free practice 3, John Surtees (GBR) with Luca Cordero di Montezemolo (ITA), President Scuderia Ferrari
07.09.2013- Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138
06.09.2013- Free Practice 1, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138
07.09.2013- Free practice 3, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo (ITA) Ferrari CEO
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September 08, 2013 10:37 AM

I feel for Massa but it seems he will be remembered as a driver who didn't deliver when paired with Alonso which is a shame. The guy was the best second driver any team can ask for... ruining his drive by testing new parts for the team or to protect the driver #1 from his opponents and etc. The sacrifices he's done for Ferrari are only comparable to those done by Barrichello when driving alongside Schumacher. The difference being that Massa actually has the pace to challenge his team mate every now and then... probably much more often than we get to see since Ferrari won't allow him to. I still hope they'll retain him but in case they don't, I'd like a team like Lotus to sign him up for at least one season so we get to see what he can do as a #1 driver once again. He only had that status for less than half a season and he nearly won the championship (2008).


September 08, 2013 5:21 PM

@JJJ I agree with your assessment of Massas post race interview(Sky F1), I got the exact same feeling. I think he already know that he is out of Ferrari. Though I have always liked him and I think he should be kept in the sport. I think Ferrari signing Raikkonen would be great. Him and Alonso would push each other like crazy and extract every single thousand of second possible. Maybe Lotus can then grab Massa as their number 1 driver and switch Grosjean out(he is not bad but for some reason I don't think he deserves such a good car) . Not sure if DiResta has a contract for next year? Id love to see him in a better car.. Mas+Dir would be really cool IMHO. Oh and keeping Alonso is a 'no brainer' really. I love Ferrari but during the last few years, Alonso HAS been bigger than the team, and he is entitled to be disappointed.

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