Two years away could have 'negative effect' on Fernando Alonso's F1 comeback - Massa

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article

• Fernando Alonso will return to F1 in 2021.

• The Spanish driver will race for the Renault team on a multi-year contract.

• Alonso's former team mate, Felipe Massa, believes Alonso could struggle to be competitive again.

For more motoring stories, go to

Fernando Alonso's return to Formula 1 could be as unsuccessful as that of his former championship rival and Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.

That is the warning of former F1 driver Felipe Massa, who is uniquely positioned to comment given that he served as both Schumacher and Alonso's team mate at Ferrari.

The 39-year-old Brazilian told AS newspaper: "Fernando is a phenomenon with a talent that is rarely seen among drivers. However, it must be remembered that he is coming to a team that is not in the top positions and he has been out of F1 for two years. We can't hide that it could have a negative effect, as happened to Michael.

"He (Schumacher) was out for three years and did not return to his earlier level. Age is a factor - Fernando will be 40-years-old and will be fighting 20-25 year old. Age is a problem, but it must also be recognised that Alonso is such a talent and can do well. Certainly for F1 it is positive that he comes back."

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
Brought to you by
Voting Booth
Who do you feel was at fault for Verstappen and Hamilton's Italian GP crash?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
25% - 1422 votes
43% - 2409 votes
They were both at fault
32% - 1780 votes