Fernando Alonso Reveals Felipe Massa “Cried Like a Baby” After Ferrari’s 2012 Loss

Published 08/19/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Fernando Alonso had a fierce rivalry with Sebastian Vettel. But, the most talked-about moment between the two titans of Formula One came during the 2012 season, where the Spaniard missed out on the championship by just three points.

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However, Alonso was disappointed with this result, but it was his then Ferrari teammate who was in pain. The Spanish driver revealed that Felipe Massa was in tears, as Vettel claimed the title, while Alonso had to be satisfied with second place.

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Fernando Alonso reveals the emotions of Massa after the 2012 finale

Alonso and Vettel have pushed each other to the limit with both men being world champions. One of the most iconic moments in their rivalry was the race in Brazil, where Alonso was not only defeated but had his title hopes stolen by Germany’s Vettel.

AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 30: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari walks through the paddock during previews ahead of the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 30, 2014 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

As quoted by Motorsporttotal.com, Alonso said, “We lost the World Cup and I wanted to hug Felipe. But Felipe cried extremely. I waited for him and I was shocked – not because I lost the World Cup, but because Felipe cried so extremely.”

We were both on the podium, I was second, he was third, actually, we should have been happy, but Felipe cried like a baby,” Alonso concluded.

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How’s Fernando doing against Vettel this season?

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Now in 2021, Alonso is at Alpine where he won two world titles when they were called Renault. While Vettel is at Aston Martin, but their rivalry still continues this year as well.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The 40-year-old had his best finish at the recent Hungarian Grand Prix, where he placed fourth and he finds himself in eleventh place in the driver’s standings. While Sebastian’s best finish earned him a podium at Azerbaijan where he placed second but is behind Alonso in the standings in twelfth place.

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The next time the two face off each other is after the summer break at Spa for the Belgium Grand Prix. Which world champion will have the edge over the other? Will it be Alonso or Vettel? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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