Hmm.. "a McLaren insider" eh? alrighty then.....
In all seriousness I know what we see on the telly is a misrepresentation of the truth. BUT don't forget the whole crashgate scenario at Renault too. Just to get a chance of a race win. There's no smoke without at least a hint of a fire.....
"Massa wasn't performing"...hardly surprising really: (from the same article - I should think he was pretty hacked off by mid season at the latest....)
"For one thing, team principal Stefano Domenicali appears to have a deft hand when it comes to handling human relationships. For another, Massa, unlike Hamilton, clearly does not have the all-round ability to threaten Alonso on a regular basis.
But largely it is because Ferrari could not be more impressed with their new driver.
I understand that, even after just six races, they already feel that as a whole package - being a team player, technical feedback, his ability to read a race weekend and speed - Alonso is even better than Schumacher, the man who won five championships and 72 grands prix for the legendary Italian team"
OK equal billing at Ferrari then....not
OK it stems from the fact that he's a seriously good driver (when things are going his way at least) but he still does whatever he can to get preferential status. I think he needs to "feel" no.1 to be properly settled. I don't actually have an issue with that. If he can get it then good luck to him It's the sulks when he doesn't that I can't be doing with!! Did you not HEAR him on the radio in Germany before Massa, erm, suffered a sudden, temporary, performance drop
On the flip of that, it's good to have all these different personalities in F1. It makes it much more interesting. Imagine what it would be like if they all got on really well ALL the time......