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Massa - Alonso needs to make decision

18th June 2017, 13:34 by Jack Ogalbe

Felipe Massa believes his former Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso needs to make a decision on whether he will stay at McLaren.

The Spaniard has made no secret of his issues with the Woking team's inconsistency since re-joining in 2015 and has regularly been tipped to leave the team.

McLaren recently granted him permission to miss the Monaco GP in order to race in the Indy 500 and he has also suggested that he would also one day like to take part in the Le Mans 24.

With him currently in the final year of his contract, it remains to be seen what Alonso will choose to do for 2018, especially having recently criticised the uncompetitive nature of the sport.

Massa believes the 35-year-old's ire is down to him not being able to compete for the chequered flag on a regular basis and has urged him to make a speedy decision on his future as he does not think things are going to change in the near future.

"Fernando is complaining about F1 because he does not have a good car," Massa told Spain's El Confidencial.

"F1 is the same now as it was in the '80s Now, with Liberty, we are going in the right direction to attract people, but with the cars, we still do not make a difference, because the gap between Mercedes and Ferrari and the rest is too great.

"Small teams should be given more opportunity, but until another Concorde Agreement is signed in 2020 it will be impossible."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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