1.- Some teams work better with 2 competitive drivers, some teams prefer clear #1 and #2 drivers. And that usually depends on which drivers we are talking about. Red Bull and Ferrari obviously prefer the latter option, but should they have other drivers they might want it the other way. Macca almost destroyed themselves at least twice with their "we let them race against each other" so, despite all their fairplay talk, they usually end up chosing a de facto
number one, Is not that they have none. It's that Button surprised them being as good as they boasted about while thinking "he will be a good girlfriend for Lewis". If JB keeps delivering, LH will be more and more not just looking like a number 2, but also having to play that part until he leaves or changes.
2. That is just to put the whole Alonso needs a crappy driver along him into perspective. Now, back to Ferrari and FA, it seems like the guy has learned a lot more than the fans, as they keep talking about 2007 and 2004 as if they happened yesterday, merrily ignoring everything else. Fact is, there aren't many drivers at FA level you can hire, so it's not just a matter that the guy wants to have a weak #2 driver (btw, name me one driver that would be happy to have a driver more competitive than him in the same car) it's just not easy to find one. Who would you hire? Lewis? What for? FA and LH would not get along and FA is delivering more than enough. LH will be of no help simply because the guy will not bring enough to compensate for the price of p**sing off Alonso. That is what every team thinks when they hire another driver to race along with their superstar. That is why RBR would never hire alonso to run along Vettel, or Vettel to run along Lewis.
3. So, we are talking about 2nd rate drivers here. Massa is a 4th rate driver (and I am being generous). For the record: ANY DRIVER FERRARI COULD REASONABLY HIRE WILL BE DEEMED AS 2ND RATE BY YOU SO STOP USING IT AS A PROOF THAT ALONSO NEEDS WEAKER TEAMMATES!
If any, that proofs how highly you rate Nando
4. Trulli only beat Nando in your feverished minds. Trulli was ahead on points (against an alomst rookie Nando!) for a little while and he was already in bad terms with Flavio by then. Alonso (again, just a rookie, despite all the love he received from Flavio) was certainly not established enough to demand that a team like Renauult to get rid of a well established driver like Trulli should be kicked out to make place for him. In any case, history proved that he was vastly superior than Jarno. So Flav was right. And the fact that Jarno and FA are still close friends proves how idiotic the Jarno theory is.
5. Santander: Ferrari focus was always racing, not selling street cars. They sell street cars to keep the racing team running. That was like that since the Enzo days. That means that funding was never too much of a problem as long as the street cars kept being sold. Even during this world recession, Ferrari street cars sold like water and they kept making record sales in 2009 and 2011, so money was never an issue unlike most other teams. That does not mean that sponsos' money is not welcome, of course, but that means that they are not so desperate for sponsors' money as to accept whatever crap they want to impose. To say that Santander "brought as a condition" to hire Alonso is like saying that a the Barcelona "had as a condition" to keep Messi as a player. What kind of idiot would not keep/hire the best guy around? That is not an imposed clause, that is the obvious choice! As for "Santander money in exchange to crush Massa": Santander, unlike Ferrari, was deeply hit by world's recession. They fared better than most banks primarily due to their good numbers in Latin America, especially Brazil and Argentina which are countries that kept growing these years, and obviously of the two, Brazil making the big numbers. So, for Santander, it has been some years now where Brazil is one of their biggest targets, even above Spain. If there is some Santander pressure it would go to keep Massa, not go against him. Read the news, people!!!!
Now, any other silly comment?
Next time we will talk about "poor Massa and his destroyed spirit". Another urban myth