Alonso is toughest rival, says Massa

Last Updated: Friday, September 14, 2012 - 15:51

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.


First Published: Friday, September 14, 2012 - 15:51

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I was down 2-1 in the third it was really tight and it was really tough.

Kei Nishikori