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Jan 17

Alonso and Massa no ‘dream team’ – Domenicali

Alonso didn’t choose de la Rosa – Domenicali

2011-09-09 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Italy - Felipa Massa - Stefano Domenicali  - Fernando Alonso2012-09-02 - HRT F1 Team - Belgium - Fernando Alonso - Pedro de la Rosa 01While praising Felipe Massa’s recent return to form, Stefano Domenicali insists Ferrari’s driver pairing is deliberately no “dream team”. Stefano Domenicali has denied Fernando Alonso pushed for the hiring of fellow Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa as Ferrari’s new simulator driver.

At the Italian team’s annual media event at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort on Wednesday, boss Domenicali was asked yet again about rumours Ferrari might pluck Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull to join Fernando Alonso.

“A dream team is fantastic if it is correctly managed, but at the moment we are not looking at that, because we want to ensure the team is as well balanced as possible,” he said.

“You have to be very careful, not just in formula one, but in sport in general, because sometimes putting together all the number ones can lead to more negatives than positives.”

That might be interpreted as a slight against Massa, but it is true the Brazilian has not always been in top form since his recovery from a 2009 head injury, and the arrival at Ferrari of Spaniard Alonso.

“I think the toughest part of Felipe’s career is now behind him,” said Domenicali.

“Personally, there was a lot of pressure on me regarding possible changes, but in the interests of the team, I preferred to wait and today, I’m convinced that keeping Felipe in the Ferrari family was the right decision.”

Alonso didn’t choose de la Rosa – Domenicali

Stefano Domenicali has denied Fernando Alonso pushed for the hiring of fellow Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa as Ferrari’s new simulator driver.

With his 2012 race employer HRT now folded, it is rumoured de la Rosa had to start looking around for a new job because McLaren – where he served as the British team’s highly respected and long-time test driver – was unimpressed with the 41-year-old’s continual departures.

And his arrival at Ferrari may have been helped by the ‘Alonso factor’, as they are both Spaniards and – ironically – were friends at McLaren during the notorious ‘spygate’ scandal.

Indeed, de la Rosa’s new Ferrari role has triggered suggestions Alonso is having an increasing influence on the shape of the fabled Maranello team.

“We took the decision as a team,” team boss Domenicali insisted, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We needed to make a jump in quality in that (simulator) area, and Pedro met our requirements perfectly.

“Then, if he does get on with both Fernando and Massa, that’s even better!  We can therefore avoid confusion (in the team)!” he smiled.

source: GMM