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A much better feeling

October 27, 2010 · Posted by Felipe Massa
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Sitting here at home in Sao Paolo where I returned from Korea on Tuesday, I can look back at the last race with a much better feeling than in the previous two rounds of the championship. It was a great sensation to be back on the podium after a couple of poor results and the points for third place are important for us in the Constructors' championship and a help to my team-mate in the Drivers'.

Visiting a new track for the first time always means more work for everyone and that situation became even more complicated when the rain arrived for race day. The team worked well all weekend, especially in managing the situation in what were very difficult conditions on Sunday. Finishing first and third was an excellent result for the team. When the race started behind the Safety Car for the first time, the grip level was not the problem, because the tyres were clearing the water as it was not actually raining so hard: no, the big difficulty was a real lack of visibility. I could not see anything in front and it was extremely dangerous and I can imagine it was even worse for those drivers further back in the field. There was much more spray than we could have expected, it was huge! I think it might have been down to the track surface being so new that it took so long to clear away.

Ferrari's chances in both championships now look much better than before we tackled these last three Asian races. Even during the difficult time, we were able to improve the car, working in the right direction and the result is that the F10 got stronger race by race, even if I missed out on getting a good points score for the team until Korea. Looking at the championships, it is still possible for the team in the Constructors' and Fernando has moved into the lead in the Drivers', so we are in with a fighting chance. We still need to work hard to prepare for the final two rounds and clearly, we know we must try and improve our performance on Saturday afternoons. Qualifying is still our weak point, although you have to take into account how strong the Red Bulls are over one lap.

I think even without the rain, this new Korean track would have provided an interesting race, as it is very enjoyable to drive. It was a bit dirty, but not to an unacceptable level, given how late it was ready. I did not have much time to be a tourist on my first visit to Korea, apart from one day in the capital, Seoul. It looked interesting, somewhere between Japan and China in terms of the feel of the place. My main memory is that the people everywhere were very nice and helpful and gradually, as the town they are planning to build around the circuit area gets bigger I am sure this will become one of the nicest race venues.

I can now look forward to not having to fly anywhere for a while as the next race is in my home town. Last year it's true, Red Bull was very strong and won the race in Brazil, but in the years before then, Ferrari had been the strongest team, from 2006 to 2008, with our car going very well at Interlagos. I love racing here and can't wait to get out on track in front of my home fans.
 
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  • Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 09:55
    by SziZita
    Felipe, I'm so glad that haven't happened anything bad to you on the track, that rain was very dangerous and with that speed you were driving, I was afraid for you. It was very nice to see you on the podium again ( 2nd or 1st place would be even great though) and I'm sure that in Brazil you will be in great form as well. All the best! ZITA
  • Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 11:06
    by Noe Izumi
    To see you smiling and celebrating the podium in Korea, was simply wonderful, such a warm feeling. I hope we can see you in the podium at your home race, and I wish your people will be cheering for hours. Never forget we're with you. Always.
  • Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 03:46
    by Denise
    really good to see you on the podium and beeing happy! good luck for your home grand prix! succes!
  • Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 03:58
    by M.
    Good job man! Good to see you back in business:)
  • Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 04:26
    by Charmaine
    I was so happy to see you back on the podium Felipe! Enjoy the race there in Brazil- hope you and Fernando take the top places again and win both championships for Ferrari!
  • Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 04:32
    by Viktoria Chiara Hägel
    I will always believe on you, Felipe! And you can be sure that all your other fans do this,too. I wish you the best, for you ferrari! Viktoria Chiara
  • Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 05:55
    by Kerstin
    Great race from you! I am sure that you will show a great performance in your home race,too. Greetings from Germany
  • Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 08:45
    by Cathie
    It was a lot of pleasure to see you come back on the podium! I'm very nervous about next race, but I wish you will have been the greatest at home. With Love, C.
  • Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 09:57
    by yad
    felip,i wish you drive like 06 07 08,but am still biggest of your fan, and i hope you win again in brazil wish you best!!
  • Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 10:05
    by Denise
    great 3 place! really nice to see you on the podium and being happy! good luck at your home grand prix succes, greats Denise
  • Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 11:36
    by Nick
    Well done on a great performance in Korea, fingers crossed for another podium in Brazil for you!
  • Friday, 29 Oct 2010 02:06
    by Felipe Fan
    Felipe, my man! After a couple of dissapointing races, it was great seeing you on the podium again last race and I was really proud of your achievement. I wish you all the best for the race in your beloved Sao Paulo and may this be your highlight of the season. Show them who's the paizinho of Interlagos. ;) Your biggest fan from Austria, Stefan
  • Friday, 29 Oct 2010 05:47
    by sarraj
    Hi Filipe, Fantastic job in Korea despite all the rain and accidents etc... I hope that you have a clean race next week and make sure to be on the podium. Good Luck !!!
  • Sunday, 31 Oct 2010 03:25
    by riqo
    Felipe u are the best. Hope u win in Brazil and hop u win next years world championship, u deserve it. from Riqo Chaar
  • Sunday, 31 Oct 2010 09:51
    by Marcus
    Good race in korea Felipe but I would love to see you back on top for the first time in two years. I still believe that history will repeat itself i.e. this is 2007 and next year is 08 but i foresee a happier ending
  • Monday, 1 Nov 2010 01:50
    by Ejaz
    Great Job Felipe Sir.... U r the best and will always remain atleast for me... I just cant wait to see u on the top spot of the podium... I trust u more than anyone... just show what u r capable of... Best Luck for ur Home Grand Prix... Ejaz from India. Forza Felipe. Forza Ferrari.
  • Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 05:06
    by Norie
    I'm glad to see you on the podium again. I wish you good luck.

 

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