Alonso backs Massa

Alonso RenaultSingapore and Japanese GP winner Fernando Alonso has backed Felipe Massa in his endeavour to beat Lewis Hamilton to the 2008 F1 World Championship.

Alonso famously fell out with Hamilton’s McLaren outfit after a row over perceived driver favouritism at the height of last year’s spy scandal.

And the Spaniard has made no secret of his desire to see the Woking squad’s chief title rivals Ferrari triumph in this year’s campaign.

“I didn’t know why he (Hamilton) had been penalised,” the Renault driver is quoted as saying by Italy’s Sky after winning last week’s Japanese Grand Prix. After last year, I want Ferrari to win. I will help Massa if I can.”

However Alonso, who has long been touted to join Ferrari if and when Kimi Raikkonen steps down, is unlikely to go out of his way to support Massa having been unimpressed by the Brazilian’s points tally.

“They have thrown away many points,” Alonso is quoted as saying by Diario AS newspaper.

“After 16 races the leader has 84 points, but I had that many after 9 races in 2006,” he adds.