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Try to fight back immediately

June 3, 2010 · Posted by Felipe Massa

I am back home in Brazil, having taken the long flight from Istanbul on the Sunday night after the Turkish Grand Prix. I have to say, it’s good to be back in Sao Paolo as it’s been a few months since I was last here. I have some promotional work to do in South America and also, at least it’s the right side of the Atlantic for the next race in Canada.

Looking back at the Turkish Grand Prix, I think the only honest way to describe it is as the poorest performance from Scuderia Ferrari so far this season. We were uncompetitive through the whole weekend from Friday through to Sunday, struggling in every session, especially qualifying. So, when it came to the race, I think we did the best we could do, given our pace and our position on the grid. It was a shame, given that the Istanbul track is one of my favourites, where I have won three times in the past at the wheel of a great car. This time, it was not so positive, but no way are we going to give up and we must just keep on working and try to fight back immediately.

We can do it, because we did a fantastic job over the last winter and came out with a great car at the start of the year, which was a massive improvement compared to the car with which we ended the 2009 season. At that point, we had found the right direction to take in working on the car. However, from a certain moment of the season up until now, our development has not seen the car improve as much as we had hoped for or expected. In the same time period, we saw our competitors improve their cars significantly. This is the situation facing us now, so we must start by understanding why the good direction we had up until that moment has not continued. I am sure we can do it, because Ferrari has the capacity in terms of the people working for the team and also because it has come from behind in the past to again be competitive with the very best cars on the grid.

As far as the championships are concerned, the situation is not yet in a critical position for us: given that there are still twelve races to go, it is one hundred percent open, which means we can still fight for both championships. However, at the moment, it’s true that Red Bull has a better performance level, as it has done all season, while McLaren which was behind us a few races ago is now ahead of us in terms of their car performance. We simply have to push hard to try and get ahead again. If the ability to achieve this goal is based on our desire to do so, then I am confident we can improve.


  • Friday, 4 Jun 2010 12:44
    by Dini
    You can do it, Felipe! Don't give up!
  • Friday, 4 Jun 2010 03:18
    by Arek
    Felipe I hope you will rest in Brazil. There is lot of work ahead of You and Ferrari. But what i know aboute You is that work made an excellent driver from you. I hope you will find a way to make the tires work better for you. God bless you Felipe.
  • Friday, 4 Jun 2010 04:39
    by Cesar Arevalo
    dont give up Felipe there are still many races you can win!!! you still have a great chance to win the championship you deserve it
  • Friday, 4 Jun 2010 06:13
    Hi Felipe your doing a fantastic job and i am a huge fan of yours. Im sure in the coming races you will be back to your winning streak and with a great team like Ferrari you will be fighting with the best.
  • Friday, 4 Jun 2010 06:42
    by Ejaz Saiyed
    U r the best Felipe, i m really eager to see you on the top of the podium, Go Felipe.... My prays always wth u.... God bless u n ur family specially little cute felipe.....
  • Saturday, 5 Jun 2010 04:25
    by Cesar Arevalo
    Go for the championship you still have alot races coming that you can do a great job !!! Dont give up you deserve to win =)
  • Saturday, 5 Jun 2010 06:42
    by Thompson Cesar
    Ferrari will improve the car then we will can see you winning races...
  • Saturday, 5 Jun 2010 08:55
    by David Mathers
    Felipe for the 2010 WDC. I know you can do it Felipe if the team get you the car. The day you become world champion will be a happy day. Good Luck and keep her lit!!
  • Saturday, 5 Jun 2010 03:24
    by joyce
    your performance is perfect
  • Saturday, 5 Jun 2010 08:05
    Im sorry for you Felipe as I know how does it feel when you can't perform in your favourite race. Especially when it's not your fault. I could see that you're fast round Istanbul because Fernando didn't even manage to get into Q3 which came as a surprise to me yet you did it which was a testament to your skills round there. You pushed the car beyond its limit and I really hope you can do that in races to come. I miss to see you on podium Felipe. I watched the highlight of '08 Canadian GP and it's nice to see you pulling off good passing moves. I hope you dont lose that aggressiveness in you. Keep doing what you're doing and show people what you're worth!
  • Saturday, 5 Jun 2010 08:31
    by Demon
    Come on, Felipe. Show them all what you can. We, your fans belive in you!!!!!! :):):):):):)
  • Sunday, 6 Jun 2010 10:10
    by L from Canada
    Hello Felipe. I am glad that you are able to spend some time at home with your family and recharge for the next race. You are doing an amazing job this year with the F10. Don't give up. I'll be at the Canadian GP cheering on Ferrari. Good luck for a great race!
  • Monday, 7 Jun 2010 02:14
    by Cesar Arevalo
    you can do it there are still many races that you can win dont give up
  • Monday, 7 Jun 2010 12:53
    by Claud Jamal
    Hi Felipe, until Ferrari gets a competitive car to race against the leaders i am sure you can keep up your momentum. you have always been consistent dont lose that, you have what it takes to be a champion just hang on and get as many points as possible cause Ferrari will not drag longer, very soon they will be back in the game and all the teams will fear you again. Both Alonso and yourself still have a big chance to win the championship. Make it happen! I am very proud of you and the team. Claud
  • Monday, 7 Jun 2010 03:02
    by Anisa
    Hi Felipe your doing a great job and i am a huge fan of Ferrari they are the best. Im sure you will be back to your winning streak and where you belong!
  • Monday, 7 Jun 2010 04:03
    by Viktoria Chiara Hägel
    Yout time will come Felipe. Hope to see you soon on the podium. and good luck for the race in Canada!
  • Monday, 7 Jun 2010 04:58
    by Ajitpal Singh
    Your performance in the 08 Singapore qualifying was great! Find that pace again!
  • Tuesday, 8 Jun 2010 09:20
    by Bhaskar
    Well said felippe we need to stand up immediatedly if not we will find it hard to catch up later..
  • Tuesday, 8 Jun 2010 05:22
    by Marco deno
    Good luck Felipe in your trip to my country Ecuador I hope you like it
  • Tuesday, 8 Jun 2010 06:20
    by Ana
    Felipe stay in Ferrari. You are number 1. Big kiss from Barajevo.
  • Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 02:15
    by Bob Mikels
    Hi Felipe, I read with joy the article on announcing your signing for two more years. It included a brief highlight of your accomplishments with Ferrari over the years in F1. I just wanted to say that of all the drivers I have ever held in awe, I hold you at the pinnacle of F1 drivers. My driving heros have included Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost, and Nikki Lauda, and I believe you alone have consistently exhibited all the very best that the sport has to offer. A quiet respect for the sport, your team mates, your marque and the various dignitaries of the sport, as well as both an on track and on camera persona that should be the example all other drivers should aspire to. Thanks you Felipe for providing us, the fans, with years of top rate performance, entertainment and an example to be proud of. Regards, Bob Mikels
  • Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 02:15
    by John O'Neill
    Hey Felipe,congratulations on your new contract with Ferrari, you deserve it.Good luck for the rest of the season.....


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