Massa heaps praise on 'perfect' Alonso


31 August 2012 by Ryan Wood

Felipe Massa has heaped praise on his team-mate Fernando Alonso for his "incredible" performances this season.

The Brazilian, who has struggled with his own performance, described Alonso's driving this season as "perfect".

The Spaniard currently leads the championship after taking three wins in 11 races, one more than any other driver so far.

"Fernando had an incredible first part of the championship," said Massa. "He did a fantastic job. Even at the tracks where we didn't have a competitive car, he was able to finish in a better position than he should have finished.

"He did a perfect job with the car that we had at some tracks. At some tracks, we had a good car but he had a perfect first part of the season."

Massa has shown improvements himself, particularly in qualifying where he has managed to close the gap to Alonso, but he admits he still has some way to go.

"With me, in many, many races something has happened so I couldn't finish in the position that I was supposed to finish.

"Now I need to concentrate on going in the same direction that Fernando has done. That's the only thing I'm looking forward to."