Massa's Blog

Waiting for Suzuka

October 5, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari

The end of the season appears to be coming all in a rush now as it seems like only yesterday that I was unfortunately parking my car at the side of the track in Shanghai and facing the racing driver’s worst journey, having to walk back to the garage. At least, as I managed to get the car to the end of the pit lane it was not exactly a very long walk!Even though it was a disappointing day, I enjoyed myself in the evening, attending a special F1 party which saw most of the other drivers also attend. From Shanghai, I went straight to Tokyo on Monday to start a couple of days of promotional work. I attended a function for a personal sponsor, Richard Mille who are a prestigious watch manufacturer in a town called Takamatsu. Then of course as we are in Japan, I attended a function at Bridgestone along with Michael. I did actually manage to get a bit of private time and I headed for the part of Tokyo famous for all its electronics stores, as I love all the amazing music players and gadgets they have here.  I also met up with a Brazilian friend of mine who lives here at the moment as he is racing in the Japanese GT series. I actually only came to Suzuka this afternoon (Thursday) arriving by helicopter which is definitely the best way to travel in this country. My first job was my usual meeting with the media. The facilities are not exactly the biggest here, so we just do the interviews standing up against a fence at the back of the pit garage. I have  been told that there has been some controversy in the press about some disagreement within our closest rival team, but it is not for me to comment on others. All I do know is that within the Ferrari team everyone is working in perfect harmony right now and that has to be a positive help for us. We are all one hundred percent motivated to have a good race here and also in Brazil. The Japanese press are of course very interested in we drivers’ views that next year, Suzuka loses the Japanese Grand Prix in favour of the Fuji circuit. Personally, I love this Suzuka circuit. It is definitely one of my favourites and I love driving it as it is very technical and challenging. It is definitely a driver’s circuit and it is a shame not to be here next year, but I am not against change, so we should not judge Fuji until we have been there and driven around it. There is always a great atmosphere here at Suzuka and I think part of it comes from the fact it gets dark here very early and so from the late afternoon, all the work in the garages takes place under spotlights. It is unusual in other ways as it is probably the only time of the season that every driver and team boss stays in the same hotel, the Circuit Hotel, so we see rather more of one another than usual, as there is not a huge range of choice when it comes to places to eat.


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6 responses so far

  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    What nice photo it has been put in ur blog today !So nice to see u and Ross to smile !We are all really looking foward to the exciting weekend of Suzuka and we hope u and Michael will smile a lot together with all the team celebrating a wonderful double that would make defenetaly to fly Ferrari toward both titles !I m also sure that u ll get the third position in the drivers championship beating ur contenders.Anyway the nicest image thinking about the end of the season is u to win the Brasilian GP,Michael world champion for the 8th time and the whole team to enjoy the constructor championship !Well see u sunday Felipe and good luck to u and to all the team :)Forza Ferrari
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Yes, great photos! I agree, it`s really good to see you & Ross enjoying yourselves & then to see your total concentration in the second shot. The two extremes of the job, I suppose. I remember Fuji from the Lauda & Hunt years. I presume it will have changed considerably over recent years, though. I hadn`t realised Suzuka was such a "village". I certainly hope everyone manages to get on with each other! It`s an insomniacs start time for us in the UK this weekend but we`ll be there cheering you all on! Let`s wind up the titles &, remember, in the Drivers we want you in at #3!!
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Well done on a good Friday session Felipe. Best of luck to you and Michael for the race tomorrow, I know you'll do your best. I shall be screaming at the TV for the Renault engines to fail :0) Sam x
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Hey Massa, Take that cocky spaniard out in Brazil......ok maybe that's not the best solution but sorry to say it crossed my mind!!! I wish you and Michael a one-two finish in Brazil!!!!! Forza Ferrari
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    GRande pole Felipe!!! Sei stato davvero grnade!! Fregatene dei commenti di Briatore, tanto quello lì parla giusto perchè ha la bocca e pensa solo a far bene domani!Noi siamo con te!!SEMPRE E SOLO FORZA FERRARI Mara
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Goooooooooo Felipe !!!!!!!!Goooooooo Goooooooooooooooo !!!!!!!!U are the Ferrari's future !!!!We er so proud of u !!!!Thank u for the wonderful pole !!Tomorrow it will be an unbielevable race for u,Michael and for the whole Ferrari team !!!We look foward to the double win !



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