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"A race compromised from the start"

April 30, 2009 · Posted by Felipe Massa

San Paolo - Four races and still no points, although at least Kimi got some at Sakhir, so that the Scuderia has finally got off the mark. In all the past years when things were going very well for us, we have always said that, in F1, things can change very quickly and with a quarter of the 2009 almost completed, we have had the proof of that with new names at the top of the order.

In Bahrain we had an exceptionally good chance to score some serious points, but my race was compromised right from the start when I had a collision. The fact the collision was with my team-mate Kimi is just one of those things that can happen in racing, especially at the start when everyone is so close. I was in the middle of a sandwich and lost my front wing and the long pit stop meant my race was pretty much over. So it’s no big deal that it happened with him, but it did ruin my whole afternoon after that, although other problems like the telemetry not working didn’t help either.

We did make a step forward in Bahrain in terms of performance and that is partly down to running the KERS again, which was definitely an advantage at the Sakhir track. The performance itself was quite reasonable and I was able to run at a strong pace when I had a clear track ahead of me, so I think we can claim to have made a step forward, even though there is still a need to improve the car and, of course, this is what everyone at Maranello is working on right now.

What you can be sure of is that all the teams will be working hard and most should improve by the time we get to Barcelona, so that whatever Ferrari can do will have to be measured against that. We have a big package coming for Spain and it’s not just a case of working on producing a new double diffuser, even though this is the element that has caught everyone’s imagination. The numbers show this should have a big effect on lap time and I am pretty confident this should allow the Scuderia to make a big step forward.

The fact the next race is in Barcelona has several advantages, even if they apply to all the teams equally: it is a track that has been used so much for testing that everyone knows what to expect and how to analyse the data we will get there on Friday, taking into account outside factors like ambient temperature and the wind speed and direction. In addition, the character of the track calls for a very efficient car and therefore it can provide us with an accurate picture of just how the F60 is performing with the new parts we will have on it for the race weekend. Hopefully, we will use this to our advantage to improve our qualifying performance to give us a better chance in the race.

It seems strange now to be back home in Brazil after the race in Bahrain, as in past years, the ten days before the first European race used to see some of the most intensive testing activity of the year, but now of course, all that is banned. To be honest, even if it seems strange not to be driving somewhere in Europe right now, I have been making up for it by keeping in touch with the factory more closely than usual. We have all had to find different ways to do our job and try and improve our car, without actually running on track. In this situation, using a simulator becomes very important and currently Ferrari is working on the development of a new one, which should prove even more useful than the one we have at present. On the plus side, I’ve been able to come back home to Brazil for one week and on Sunday, I head back to Europe and from then on I will stay there for most of the European summer.

Four races in five weekends has made for a very intense start to the season and my aim now is firstly to score my first points of the year and then to look to go for my first win of the season. Until we start winning races again, it’s difficult to start thinking in terms of the championship. We need to work day and night to return to having a very competitive car. Only then we can start thinking about the championship titles – maybe it will be too late, maybe not, but we’re not giving up.

Although it’s been a tough time for us at the Scuderia, I am still enjoying my driving at the moment. We have all these new elements, the slick tyres, the KERS, the adjustable front wing and making the most of them on track has been very interesting. A bit more downforce would make it even more fun! But I’ve got my job to do and even if I only had three wheels on my car I would still be doing my best and improve the situation. But for now, more downforce is what I want.

When we get to Spain, without the benefit of being able to test, Friday morning will be very interesting. Although it is too early to establish our programme for the first day of practice in Barcelona, we might try the new package on one car only in the first session in the morning, in order to run a comparison test with the old one, before both running it in the second session. But nearer the time, we will have a better idea if there’s a need to do a back to back. With all the new aero packages and other interesting developments throughout the field, it should be a very interesting Friday for everyone.


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29 responses so far

  • Thursday, 30 Apr 2009 04:54 by Matthew
    Hi Felipe, I'm glad to find you so strong for the next race, where all we wait a great Ferrari and you to have a break for the continuing season.
  • Thursday, 30 Apr 2009 06:19 by vivyenn
  • Friday, 1 May 2009 04:43 by BAN
    Go Massa! Go Massa! Always there be with you! Dont give up!
  • Friday, 1 May 2009 07:37 by Lily
    Returning to Europe, returning to GP win! Forza Felipe! Orgoglio Ferrari!
  • Friday, 1 May 2009 12:05 by Dear
    Felipe we support you and we are sure that you will make it. Do not be disappointed. We believe in you and we love you. xxxxxx
  • Friday, 1 May 2009 12:56 by Jim
  • Saturday, 2 May 2009 12:24 by Alan
    hey good luck in the gp! I am sure you are really a great pilot, do not worry, you will see that the F60 is not going to fail, an admirer from mexico Scuderia send them all the luck possible, you can and also kimi, I am sure all is not lost. Vai Ferrari!
  • Saturday, 2 May 2009 06:45 by Lixuezi
    Never give up trying... 加油...
  • Saturday, 2 May 2009 01:18 by Annalu
    Massa happy birthday. And I think you can beat these problems. Annalu
  • Saturday, 2 May 2009 01:20 by Holly
    Whatever you do and Wherever you are, I'm standing by your side all the time. We all know you won't give up! So Come On, My dear Felipe! Keep your head up every moment, cause we are all so proud of you!!! GOOD LUCK AND TAKE CARE YOURSELF IN SPAIN~~ Yours Sincerely, Holly
  • Sunday, 3 May 2009 01:46 by Lixuezi
    Hope you get good grades in Spain...
  • Sunday, 3 May 2009 03:12 by Emma Fenn
    I hope returning to Europe brings success for you and Ferrari. I am very much looking forward to seeing how the car performs in Spain and will be keeping my fingers crossed. Good luck Felipe. Emma - England
  • Monday, 4 May 2009 11:38 by Tracy
    Felipe Baby, go ahead. WE'll like you forever...... Tracy
  • Monday, 4 May 2009 03:29 by Gina Nadalini
    I really wish everything goes well in Spain. It's nice to read all the detail of what you are doing and will do in next race. Stay positive, we know Ferrari team is doing their best.
  • Monday, 4 May 2009 05:18 by Tatin
    Hello Felipe, never give up. All my best wishes and luck to you. Its not your driving its luck which is lacking
  • Monday, 4 May 2009 10:37 by dilip
    Hello Felipe, best of luck for Spain! I am sure with all the new changes in the car, your luck will also change and you will have a good race there. Looking forward to seeing both you and Kimi on the podium this weekend.
  • Thursday, 7 May 2009 11:48 by Friend
    Forget anything and put aside the first races of the season, Felipe. Now here is Europe and now you can change your destiny. Let's go to surprise all other drivers in Spain! For ever with you and Ferrari.
  • Friday, 8 May 2009 03:00 by
    Felipe, Ferrari people of all the world are with you!!! Come on for a great race on sunday!!! Red Horse forever!!!
  • Saturday, 9 May 2009 01:51 by ifendy
    Hi Felipe, when you just start the engine, you will face one of two choice.... win or lose. Never mind just keep trying. Cos' the spirit of Prancing Horse is still with you forever and we all the ferrari fans will support you and of course ferrari team always. Thank you.
  • Saturday, 9 May 2009 08:44 by Rasim Mullakhmetov
    The four races is not enough. In the previous season, you also lost points, but finally it was something amazing. We all with you, Felipe, we all with Ferrari. I hope, it give you some extra horse powers on next races.
  • Sunday, 10 May 2009 01:35 by Vinicius e Lilian
    Massa você é massa meu velho... confie no seu potencial... acompanhamos você todo domingo, inspire-se nas pessoas que querem ver você campeão.. com um excepcional trabalho da Ferrari Team e suacompetência temos certeza que você será um gigante em 2009 na F1.. nosso sonho de ver um brasileiro, nos 15 anos sem professor Senna, queremos que você mostre que também nos ensinará algo de bom ... um forte abraço e boa sorte soldado brasileiro ! Taubaté-SP Vinicius e Lilian
  • Sunday, 10 May 2009 07:49 by Stephan Hens
    Hello Felipe What a Disaster. I believe in both Ferrari Drivers, but I don´t understand the decisions of the Team. So On, Keep Racing
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2009 04:25 by Dear
    It's not yet lost massa, don't give up, if ferrari can finish 1-2 in the less race, ferrari still can win, maybe its no more next year for ferrari in F1, keep fighting. we all support you!!!
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2009 06:31 by evandro garcia
    depois de AYRTON SENNA, nosso maior orgulho na formula 1!!! Dopo Ayrton Senna, il nostro più grande orgoglioo in Formula Uno!!! Evandro garcia
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2009 07:30 by Rafael Prado
    Hello Felipe Massa. I love you, and I think an injustice that is happening with you and the ferrari F-1. I hope it wins and become a champion next season. A big hug, I'm Rafael Prado de Minas Gerais - Brazil.
  • Thursday, 14 May 2009 01:22 by Victor
    Felipe, those things happen in Formula One, it is only a little obstacle in the season, maybe you can win in the next GP, so, Good Luck and do not give up!
  • Thursday, 14 May 2009 01:37 by Heric
    É isso ai Massa continue sendo esse grande piloto que você é, nós brasileiros temos muito orgulho de você! Heric Sorocaba-SP.
  • Thursday, 14 May 2009 08:09 by cloudy
    Felipe, never give up. God bless you. You are the best. Keep going.
  • Thursday, 14 May 2009 03:27 by Ferrarinka
    Hey Felipe! My name is Ferrarinka:-D, or I also called Felipína. I want to invite to our site there somehow try to translate it into English



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