A well-placed Felipe Massa has chimed-in on departed F1 racer Jacques Villeneuve’s recent tirade against Michael Schumacher.
At Sauber and subsequently Ferrari this year and last, Brazilian youngster Massa was teammate to both Villeneuve and Schumacher, who between 1994 and 2004 captured eight out of eleven titles.
After sharing a team with Villeneuve in 2005, he said seven time champion Schumacher – his Ferrari teammate in 2006 – is the better driver.
”Jacques is a very good driver with a lot of talent,” 25-year-old Massa is quoted as saying by Eurosport Automagazin, ”but Michael is simply better.
”He always does what is necessary. It is difficult to name another driver of his calibre.”
In the now well-known ‘F1 Racing’ interview, 1997 title winner Villeneuve claimed that 37-year-old Schumacher ‘thinks he’s better than the rest of us’.
”He thinks he’s bigger than the sport, too, but he isn’t,” the French Canadian insisted. ”And when he retires, and no one really remembers him, that will become clear.”