Felipe Massa's Performance Is Good News for Ferrari and Fernando Alonso

Aaron Gales@@AaronSportLive Correspondent IIMarch 18, 2013

Felipe Massa performed well in the season's opening race
Felipe Massa performed well in the season's opening raceMark Thompson/Getty Images

One of the real highlights for me from Sunday's opening Grand Prix of the season was the drive of Felipe Massa, who backed up the gradual improvement towards the back end of last season with a very good drive in Australia.

Had circumstances worked out in the Brazilian's favour, then he may well have found himself on the podium alongside his teammate Fernando Alonso.

All the signs point towards the potential for an excellent season for Ferrari. For the first time since Fernando Alonso has been at the team, it looks like they have managed to build a very competitive car from the beginning of the season.

The positive performance of Massa in the first race should fill Alonso and the Ferrari team with great confidence. For the first time in four years, they look as though they could challenge for both the Constructors title aswell as the Driver's crown.

Everybody knows that Alonso will be near the top of the standings at the end of the season and if Massa can continue to pick up consistently strong points, there is absolutely no reason at all why Ferrari can't claim their first Constructors title since 2008.

If Massa is picking up points, it will also help the individual challenge of Alonso. Only on very rare occasions will the Brazilian finish ahead of the Spaniard, both in terms of talent and team orders, but the more points he is accumulating himself, he is then taking off one of Alonso's rivals.

After Sunday's race and Kimi Raikonnen's victory, it is looking like it could be one of the most open seasons in Formula One history, with any one of ten drivers capable of taking Grand Prix victories. With that in mind, it could well be the strongest driving partnership that decides the destiny of both titles.

Lotus may have taken much of the plaudits after Sunday's race but Ferrari are looking ominous.