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Tackling the championship one race at a time

June 8, 2011 · Posted by Felipe Massa
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I just landed in Montreal a short while ago, having spent almost a week back at home in Sao Paolo and with just the one hour time difference between the two cities, there is no problem linked to jet lag, which is a good thing. It had been quite a while since I had been in Brazil, so I did not do much except stay at home, catching up with friends and family. As in the rest of the world, the Senna film has, not surprisingly, had a big impact here in Brazil and I went to the cinema to see it. I enjoyed it, because the director found images we had never seen before and the subject was well researched, covering not just all the highlights of Ayrton’s career, but also the political situations that developed around him. Even people with no interest in F1 have felt it was compelling viewing. Of course I also worked on my training and kept in touch with the guys back in the factory to see what developments are coming on the car. In the past, by the time you got to Canada, the shape of the championship was pretty much defined already, but now, as the calendar is so long, we cannot say anything is decided for sure yet. So, everyone in Maranello is working flat out in their respective areas to continue improving the car so that myself and Fernando can race competitively, as we showed we could in the last couple of races, even if in terms of points, I have gone through a bad patch. I hope that will come to an end in Canada.

Montreal is a place I enjoy coming to. To tell the truth, the circuit is not one of my favourites, but the city itself is great and the people are very welcoming and keen on Formula 1, with plenty of support for Ferrari among the fans. My results have not been that good here, the best being a fourth place in 2005. I also had a very good race in 2008, when I was fighting for a place on the podium until a refuelling problem at my pit stop. I then had to pass a lot of people coming through from the back of the pack to finish fifth at the flag. At the very least, I would hope to aim for my best ever Canadian GP result this weekend and to finish on the podium would be great. The track presents all sorts of interesting challenges and it is not very easy to set up the car, because the track surface evolves all through the weekend, starting off with virtually no grip at all on Friday morning. You need a car that works well over the kerbs, has good traction out of the slow turns, but this is actually a fast track, so you need good top speed too. That makes finding the best set-up and the right level of aerodynamic downforce a complex task for the drivers and the engineers. We will run quite low downforce to suit this circuit and to generate more speed and with the help of some updates on the aero front I expect we can be quite competitive. Further complicating the work is the fact that we can expect tyre degradation to be very high, so even though we have the same tyre compounds as in Monaco, don’t expect to see people attempting a one stop race this weekend.

As far as the championships are concerned, at Ferrari, we will never give up fighting. However, it is very clear that Sebastian (Vettel) is doing a great job, winning every race except one and even that time he finished second! He and his team are looking very strong, but we are tackling the championship one race at a time and everyone is still working very hard to make the car competitive so that we can continue fighting all the way to the end of the season. This coming weekend will be a very busy one for Ferrari on a global scale, because apart from the Grand Prix in Montreal, various factory supported private teams will be tackling the Le Mans 24 Hours in France in Ferrari 458 Italia and 430 GT cars. It shows just how much racing is at the very heart of everything that goes on in Maranello. Endurance racing is completely different to the sprint that is a Formula 1 race, with drivers having to race in the dark and cope with very different challenges. It’s something that I might consider one day when my Formula 1 career comes to an end and I hope all the Ferraris racing there have a successful weekend.

 
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  • Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 07:24
    by Cathie
    Good luck, Felipe! I believe in you and all my good thought will be with you during the Q and Race. With love C. from SPb.
  • Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 07:31
    by Alberto
    Good Luck Felipe!! Hope you can step onto the podium this weekend!
  • Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 07:33
    by Saeedur Rahman
    Go on Massa.We want to see great things from you.Our wishes are always there with you. Saeed from Bangladesh.
  • Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 10:53
    by SziZita
    I really hope Your Formula1 career won't come to an end in the next 5-10 years! I have to see You racing in real life, that's one of my dreams and I'm working on it, but it may take some more time... So don't give, Felipe! I'm hoping for a good race for You in Canada and it would be awesome to see You finally on the podium! All the best from ZITA
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 01:45
    by joshua
    massa! wish you all the very best luck! racing in montreal!...go fast! and try to get big points and keep fingers and toes cross that the car is ok!..and win some good points!
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 08:00
    by szabobalazs90@t-online.hu
    Felipe, you showed you have a very strong race pace. You were extremly fast in China. Although, you and the Ferrari people who are responsible for the strategy have to consider a better strategy. You can't wait for the pit stop if you are a bit fruther down the field, yo have take a bit risk and put on new tyres. All your last races came to an disappointing end by waiting with your pit stop, while other coming from back of the pack fitted new tyres and could gain a lot from the fresh sets. Finger crossed, I can just repeat myself: I want to see you and Fernando at the top of the entire field. We, Tifosi, believe and trust in you+
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 11:30
    by Cathie
    Good luck, Felipe! I believe in you and all my good thought will be with you during the Q and Race. With love C. from SPb.
  • Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 09:43
    by Marco Cedeno
    Good luck Felipe!!A podium is reachable for you!!A big fan from Ecuador!!
  • Saturday, 11 Jun 2011 01:08
    by Med AYOUB
    GOOD LUCK MASSA I HOPE THAT BECAUSE I WANT SEE MASSA OF 2008 WHO FIGHTS TO WIN THE WORLD CHAMPION I WANT TO SEE MASSA WHO NEVER GIVE UP WHATEVER THE CAUSES AND THE EFFECTS IAM A BIG FAN OF YOU FROM MOROCCO "DON'T GIVE UP"
  • Saturday, 18 Jun 2011 08:41
    by ALLAN
    Keep pushing Felipe!! We know your potential...Go on man!!

 

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