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Insight: An era ends at Ferrari - How did Massa do against Alonso?

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Insight: An era ends at Ferrari - How did Massa do against Alonso?
Dec 20, 2013, 12:17 PM

As Ferrari launched its 2014 turbo F1 engine in Maranello, the team's disappointing 2013 came to a point of closure.

As Ferrari launched its 2014 turbo F1 engine in Maranello, the team's disappointing 2013 came to a point of closure.

Felipe Massa ended an eight-year stint with Ferrari, as the team chose to sign Kimi Raikkonen in his place, alongside Fernando Alonso for next year. So, as part of our series of comparisons, we've run the numbers on their time together.

The Brazilian, who will drive for Williams next season, spent four seasons with Alonso as his team-mate and according to the statistics, Massa was comfortably outperformed by the Spaniard during that period. However, it needs to be born in mind that on a number of occasions Ferrari invoked team orders in Alonso's favour, so these comparisons are more of a guide.

In qualifying, Alonso achieved the faster time nearly 75% of the time, beating Massa 59 times to 18. In terms of pole positions, Alonso came out on top with four, with the Brazilian failing to achieve one.

In the races, Alonso scored 11 victories over the period, with Massa failing to finish higher than second. When it came to podiums, Alonso once again led the way, with 42 to Massa’s eight. Things were closer in terms of points finishes, with Alonso coming out on top 69 to 58. But when both cars finished, Alonso finished ahead 58 times to Massa’s seventh.

Overall, Alonso scored more than double the number of points that Massa achieved and beat him in the drivers’ standings in all four years. The Spaniard finished second three times in that period, while Massa’s best was sixth in 2010 and 2011.

OVERALL STATS OVER FOUR SEASONS (Highest tally in bold)

Qualifying


Faster qualifying time: Alonso 59 / Massa 18


Poles: Alonso 4 / Massa 0


Front rows: Alonso 7 / Massa 2

Races


Wins: Alonso 11 / Massa 0


Podiums: Alonso 42 / Massa 8


Points finishes: Alonso 69 / Massa 58 


DNFs: Alonso 5 / Massa 7

Ahead in two-car finish: Alonso 58 / Massa 7

Championship


Points: Alonso 1029 / Massa 496

Seasons finished higher in standings: Alonso 4 / Massa 0

Highest championship placing: Alonso 2nd (2010, 2012, 2013) / Massa 6th (2010, 2011)

Their first season together – 2010 – was perhaps the year in which Massa was closest to Alonso. In qualifying, Alonso had the upper hand, achieving the faster time 15 times to four.

In the races, Alonso clocked up five wins as Massa failed to reach the top step. The Spaniard scored double the number of podiums with 10 to Massa’s 5, but they were close on points finishes with Alonso edging it 16 to 14.

2010 STATS

Qualifying


Faster qualifying time: Alonso 15 / Massa 4


Poles: Alonso 2 / Massa 0


Front rows: Alonso 3 / Massa 1

Races


Wins: Alonso 5 / Massa 0


Podiums: Alonso 10 / Massa 5


Points finishes: Alonso 16 / Massa 14


DNFs: Alonso 1 / Massa 1

Ahead in two-car finish: Alonso 13 / Massa 4

Championship


Points: Alonso 252/ Massa 144

Finished higher in standings: Alonso

Championship placing: Alonso 2nd / Massa 6th

In 2011, Alonso retained the advantage over Massa in qualifying with the Spaniard achieving the faster time 15 times to four. When it came to the races, Alonso’s speed and consistency was clear as he reached the podium 10 times while Massa failed to do so once.

Massa was close in terms of points finishes, with Alonso scoring the slightly better tally of 18 to 15, but when they both saw the chequered flag Alonso finished ahead 13 times to 2.

2011 STATS

Qualifying


Faster qualifying time: Alonso 15 / Massa 4


Poles: Alonso 0 / Massa 0


Front rows: Alonso 1 / Massa 0

Races


Wins: Alonso 1 / Massa 0


Podiums: Alonso 10 / Massa 0


Points finishes: Alonso 18 / Massa 15


DNFs: Alonso 1 / Massa 3

Ahead in two-car finish: Alonso 13 / Massa 2

Championship


Points: Alonso 257/ Massa 118

Finished higher in standings: Alonso

Championship placing: Alonso 4th / Massa 6th

Alonso had a very strong season in 2012, beating Massa 18-2 in the qualifying head-to-head and coming out on top in the poles and front rows tallies.

In the races, he scored three wins while Massa failed to achieve one, and comfortably outscored him in terms of podiums at 13 to 2. Perhaps the most damning statistic is that when they both finished, Alonso always finished in front – 17 times to 0.

2012 STATS

Qualifying


Faster qualifying time: Alonso 18 / Massa 2


Poles: Alonso 2 / Massa 0


Front rows: Alonso 3 / Massa 0

Races


Wins: Alonso 3 / Massa 0


Podiums: Alonso 13 / Massa 2


Points finishes: Alonso 18 / Massa 14 


DNFs: Alonso 2 / Massa 1

Ahead in two-car finish: Alonso 17 / Massa 0

Championship


Points: Alonso 278/ Massa 122

Finished higher in standings: Alonso

Championship placing: Alonso 2nd / Massa 7th

In their final season together, Alonso’s performances in qualifying dropped off, with Massa closing the gap and consistently outqualifying him. Alonso only edged the head-to-head 11-8.

In the races, though, Alonso retained his advantage, scoring nine podiums to Massa’s one and finishing ahead of the Brazilian 15 times to one when both finished the race.

2013 STATS

Qualifying


Faster qualifying time: Alonso 11 / Massa 8


Poles: Alonso 0 / Massa 0


Front rows: Alonso 0 / Massa 1

Races


Wins: Alonso 2 / Massa 0


Podiums: Alonso 9 / Massa 1


Points finishes: Alonso 17 / Massa 15 


DNFs: Alonso 1 / Massa 2

Ahead in two-car finish: Alonso 15 / Massa 1

Championship


Points: Alonso 242/ Massa 112

Finished higher in standings: Alonso

Championship placing: Alonso 2nd / Massa 8th

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