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Waiting for the toughest race of the year...

March 16, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari
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Hello again. Only a few days in between races so I have not done much since my last blog. I came here to Sepang, via Dubai and I've just concentrated on doing a bit of training at the same time of day as the race, to try and get used to the heat. As you may have read elsewhere, I will start the race ten places lower down the grid than where I qualified, because my engine had to be changed after the race. Some people have asked me if that's an advantage as I will at least have a fresh engine for this really difficult race. But I've never met a racing driver yet who wouldn't want to be as high up the grid as possible, old engine or not. Anyway, with all the changes to engine rules for this year, I don't think I'll be the only guy with an engine change penalty by the time the race starts on Sunday. It's normal that not all the teams are 100 percent reliable at this stage. But in the past, in other formulas, I used to like racing through the field from near the back, so hopefully I can do that again. But I also liked winning from the front and getting onto the front row in Bahrain, especially as the only car next to me was also a red one, was a great feeling. It's been a long time since I had such a good view of the traffic lights at the start of a race with nothing but an empty track in front of me. In fact, it was way back in 2001 when I was racing in the Euro F3000 series in Italy. Despite the problems with the engine and then at the pit stop, when an air line union came apart and cost me a lot of time, I really enjoyed that race. I am sure I could have made it to the podium, but no point thinking about the past now. I was competitive straight from the start and my pace was great in the race. I was unlucky, but I hope we get the luck back with plenty of races still to come. Before the problems, the fight looked to be between me and Michael and I hope that fight continues here. It is a very healthy situation when you have both cars pushing at the front of the field. This is the toughest race of the year, not that it's so hot, but the humidity really gets to you. To be honest, most times, I've not felt too bothered physically here, but 2004 was a tough one because I didn't have power steering. I don't recommend that. Driving the car was like trying to park a car in a very tight place! It was actually the hardest race of my life and I don't know how I finished. During the race here, I start with about one and a half litres to drink on board the car with me, but before that I can drink maybe three litres just before getting in the car. In fact, right from now on Thursday, I make a conscious effort to get as much water down me as possible to make sure I'm as hydrated as possible. But it means that every fifteen minutes you need to go to the toilet! But funnily enough, once you're in the car you don't think about that anymore. So, it all starts again tomorrow and I just hope the luck is with me this time. Talk again after the race.

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  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Felipe, Sorry, I've been very busy, I didn't get to comment on this topic till after the Malaysian GP. I'm sure you've been paying attention to me, ahahahahhajk. You had a great race, regardless of the ten spot grid penalty. Felipe, your ability just amazes me. I just still can't get over that you're my age!!! Forza Ferrari!!! Ciao Mark USA
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    questa e una traduzione di quanto ha dichiarato Massa qui nel blog: . "Come ormai saprete, saro' penalizzato di dieci posizioni in griglia in quanto il mio motore e' stato sostituito dopo la gara. Alcuni mi hanno chiesto se questo sara' un vantaggio visto che almeno disporro' di un motore fresco in questa gara molto difficile. Ma finora non ho mai incontrato un pilota che non vorrebbe partire piu' avanti possibile in griglia, vecchio motore o meno. Ad ogni modo, con tutti i cambiamenti alle regole sui motori quest'anno, non credo che saro' l'unico con una penalita' per la sostituzione del motore quando domenica partira' la gara. E' normale che non tutti i team siano affidabili al 100 per cento in questa fase. Ma in passato, ero abituato a risalire il gruppo dal fondo o quasi, quindi spero di riuscirci ancora. Tuttavia in Bahrain e' stato fantastico essere in prima fila, specialmente perche' l'unica vettura accanto a me era anch'essa rossa, una sensazione fantastica. Era passato molto tempo dall'ultima volta che avevo avuto una buona visuale in partenza, con la pista libera. L'ultima volta, prima di Sakhir, nel 2001 quando correvo ancora in Euro 3000 in Italia. Nonostante i problemi al motore e al pitstop, in gara mi sono davvero divertito. Sono sicuro che avrei potuto raggiungere il podio. Sono stato competitivo fin dalla partenza e il mio ritmo e' stato fantastico in gara. Sono stato sfortunato, ma spero di rifarmi nelle prossime gare. Prima dei problemi, la battaglia sembrava essere tra me e Michael e spero che continui anche qui. E' una situazione davvero buona quando si hanno due vetture al vertice."
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Thanks for that update, Felipe (and the staff!) Bahrain was indeed a little unlucky, but I am sure you guys will be strong in Malaysia. Once again I think the fight is close between the top four teams and that is a good thing. I hope, however, that Ferrari comes out on top at the end of the weekend. Maybe Felipe can come from 10th to 1st? Anything is possible, so all the best!!! ciao, -Dilip.
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Ciao Felipe, nice update and as you have seen last weekend: one can get a podio from the last position!!! Anyhow it must be disgusting but we know how fast you can be and referring to the reliability - to finish first you have to finish first! Good luck to you and the whole team! You will be supported by the first Y&F-baby who is in Sepang with his parents...
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Oi Massa Esta semana brincamos um pouco consigo no forum, mas isso apenas significa afecto Espero sinceramente ve-lo là bem na frente a discutir o primeiro lugar. Boa sorte e um grande abraço Força Massa Força FERRARI
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Hi Filipe, thanks again for the update, your blog makes very enjoyable reading. It was a shame to see you spin in the race (and even a little pity that you didn't clip Fernandos car :D ) and your poor pitstop but I'm sure you will be far luckier this week. Good luck this week and as a friend taught me to say (so please excuse the spelling!) "depressa con trabalio!!" I hope you understand! God bless you
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Hi Filipe, thanks again for the update, your blog makes very enjoyable reading. It was a shame to see you spin in the race (and even a little pity that you didn't clip Fernandos car :D ) and your poor pitstop but I'm sure you will be far luckier this week. Good luck this week and as a friend taught me to say (so please excuse the spelling!) "depressa con trabalio!!" I hope you understand! God bless you
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Thanks for the update Felipe, its a pity about the engine change but im sure it will be great watching you coming through the field, and I heard news that there might be a wet race in prospect, so i say it will be a very exciting weekend all-round!! Well good luck Massa in the race, looking forward to seeing you up on the podium on sunday!!!!
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Hello Felipe, First of all congratulations for urimpressive lap qualifying last saturday in Barhain. It' a shame u ll start the next race 10 positions lower down the grid but anyway the GP will be long so u ll be able to make up strongly thanks to the competitiveness of the 248F1. I agree with u it's a big luck that Ferrari can have two fast drivers who push fast the car especially thinking aboutt he constructor championship. So looking foward to seeing u on the podio as soon as possible maybe why not already this sunday!! Forza Felipe:)
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Ciao Felipe, ma allora è proprio vero che dovrai cambiare motore! Che sfortuna! Sinceramente sono sicura che farai una bellissima gara anche partendo da dietro! Spero in una grande rimonta!!!!!!! In bocca al lupo Felipe!!!
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    sono sicuro che portera la rossa sul podio........ siamo tutti con te ciao
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Ciao Felipe è un piacere trovare un tuo nuovo messaggio ed è bello che fra i tanti impegni che sicuramente avrai tu trovi il tempo per scambiare quattro chiacchiere con noi per farci vivere più da vicino il vostro mondo. La gara scorso purtroppo non è andata come ci si aspettava ma lìimportate è guardare avanti: anche oggi i tuoi tempi in qualifica sono buoni perccato per quel cambio di motore che ti costerà 10 posizioni ma stai tranquillo che il nostro Ross Brown troverà la strategia per aggiustare le cose. Tu dai il massimo come la volta scorsa e stai certo che i buoni risultati non tarderanno ad arrivare. Buona fortuna per la gara. SEMPRE E SOLO FORZA FERRARI MaRa
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Ciao Felipe...che bello vedere un tuo messaggio...così ti sentiamo ancora più vicino a noi, anche se per quanto mi riguarda sei già entrato nel mio cuore ROSSO.... spero anchio che questa volta la fortuna sia con te.....e finalmente si potrà vedere di nuovo una rossa sul gradino più alto del podio.. in bocca al lupo.... Vale
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Bravo Felipe continua cosi......spingi sempre
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Hi Felipe, I think you diserved more last race as you had a great pace from the word go but as you say no point looking in the past. Even though you have to have an engine change this race you can still have great fun out there especially if we are competative. I mean you can get a great deal of satisfaction coming through the field and also getting a good result. Also let's hope you have a good view of the lights on many occasions this year! :+) Good luck with qualy and also the race. Matt
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Felipe Massa, perderà di conseguenza 20 posizioni in griglia ! Hai sostituito 2 motori,ma non arrenderti vedrai che fare una spendida gara,inoltre quando 6 sceso per provare la tua f1 248 hai fatto subito degli ottimi tempi........
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Forza Felipe!!! We are all with you!!!!
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Good luck this weekend, Felipe, and I'm looking forward to watching you charge through the field (or at least half the field - grin). One of my favorite races (which I've watched several times with friends) was when Ruebens started dead last at Silverstone and battled his way back into 2nd in the rain and even challenged Michael for the lead for a bit. It just goes to show you, ya never know what's going to happen on race day. :-)
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    hi felipe its pino from montreal canada i want to wish you all the best in your 2006 season and wanted to tell you that you look very good in red keep up the good work and look forward to seeing you in montreal this year and to all the felipe massa fans out there don't forget to buy your new massa cap this year lets encourage him he is a super nice guy one of the nicest guys in f1 today forza.........massa from your biggest fan in montreal canada pino
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    hello Felipe.I m Maria from Greece.I want only to wish you Good Luck for this weekends GP.I am sure you will give the best and i hope that you and Michael will bring a fantastic result.It would be great to see both of you on the podium.....I am sure the luck is with you this time....good luck again..Forza Felipe...Forza Michael ...Forza Ferrari
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Good luck for the race Felipe ! May the luck and the force be with you ! LOL !
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Hi Felipe!!! Looking forward to watching you race on Sunday. It is a shame about the engine, but I'm sure you will provide us with plenty of classic racing watching you come through the field! Hopefully you can do a 'Kimi' and come right through and get on that podium!! Most of all I am looking forward to seeing you and Michael battle it out! It was so good seeing Ferrari back where they deserve to be last weekend, and I hope that continues this weekend! I don't know how you stand the humidity though! I can't stand it when it gets humid in the UK (which is a rare thing these days-it usually only rains!) Good luck to all the team for this weekend!!! Forza Ferrari!!! Ruth xxx (P.S- if you are going to spin near Alonso again, take him out completely!!!! ;)
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Bravo Felipe ottima giornata di prove oggi! continua così!!!!
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Excellnt performance from Felipe who looks really strong for the race.I think that even if he ll start 10 positions lower down on the grid he ll make up fast.Today he showed a really promising pace.
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Complimenti per la gara Felipe ,6 stato molto bravo,e complimenti alla squadra che non ti ha dato ordini di scuderia facendoti arraivare davanti a Schumacher Bravo continua cosi ciao
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Felipe oggi durante le qualifiche ti ho visto un pò sconsolato, ma ti prego non buttarti giù altrimenti è finita! FORZA FELIPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    non arrenderti mai.......
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    I really see a Felipe in excellent shape today.He seems really confident about a good result at lest and on the track he was one of the fastest ones ! Go Felipe!!
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Ciao Felipe volevo congratularmi con te per la splendida gara d'attacco di oggi: è così che ti vogliamo sempre, combattivo e tenace. Il tuo 5° posto davanti a Michael dopo una partenza da fondo griglia deve rappresentare per te una dose di fiducia e di energia. Noi saremo con te, continua così... SEMPRE E SOLO FORZA FERRARI MaRa
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Many many congratulations Felipe !!!!! Great race !! Looking foward to seeing u on the podio as soon as possible :))
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Bravo Felipe una gran gara, sei stato davvero molto bravo, non era facile gestire una macchina così pesante di carburante in quelle condizioni! Complimenti!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Brilliant drive today! Matt
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:58 by
    Great race today Felipe! You really deserved it and keep them coming! Ciao, see you in Oz! Céline

 

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