Alonso is toughest rival, says Massa

Updated: Sep 14, 2012, 15:51 PM IST

Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian driver Felipe Massa has described Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso as the toughest opponent in his 10-year Formula One career.

"I`ve always had strong teammates but in the past few years the challenge has been even greater," Massa said Thursday, reports Xinhua.

"He (Alonso) is the most difficult driver I have come up against. Lewis Hamilton has also been a strong competitor as have Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher."

Massa and Alonso, both 31, have been teammates since the Spaniard`s move to Ferrari from Renault in 2010.

Two-time world champion Alonso is currently leading the driver`s standings with 179 points, 37 ahead of second placed Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes). Massa is 10th overall with 47 points.

The next Grand Prix is in Singapore Sep 23.

IANS