2013 could be Alonso's year - Villeneuve

1997 world champion thinks this year's fast enough car and Massa's support could be a key to success

Apr.4 (GMM) Felipe Massa could be a key to a successful championship tilt by Fernando Alonso this year.

That is the view of 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who said in Milan this week that he thinks Spaniard Alonso was "tired" at the end of a hard-fought campaign with a less competitive Ferrari last season.

Press conference: Jacques Villeneuve and Fernando Alonso
Press conference: Jacques Villeneuve and Fernando Alonso

Photo by: Ferrari Media Center

"This could be Ferrari's year," the French Canadian told the Italian media.

"The car is fast, although maybe it's a bit difficult to drive.

"Perhaps he will also have the support of Massa this year," he added.

The Maranello based team has produced a much better car for 2013, although currently the Ferraris are behind the Red Bulls and even Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' points standings.

Referring to Alonso's first-lap contact in Malaysia and the decision to stay out on track rather than pit for a new nose, Villeneuve said: "Ferrari has already done its big mistake for the year."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Kimi Raikkonen , Fernando Alonso , Lewis Hamilton , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes
Article type Commentary
Tags 2013, alonso, ferrari, villeneuve