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After two good races we have to continue in this direction

March 31, 2010 · Posted by Felipe Massa

Another great result for us in Melbourne and overall, a fantastic start to the season, with the team leading both championships. I had quite a tough weekend in Albert Park, so to start fifth and finish third, to get my second podium finish in a row meant I was really happy on Sunday night. Why the tough time? Because as soon as conditions got cooler, which meant from Friday afternoon practice onwards, I struggled to get my tyres up to the best operating temperature. Fernando didn’t seem to have that difficulty, which means it is probably down to a difference in our driving styles - maybe I’m a bit less aggressive - and the way we like to set up our cars. You have to also consider that the tyres were very hard, which is why we did almost the entire race, around fifty laps apart from a few early laps in the wet, on the softer of the two types. The fact we still managed to bring home a good total of points will be very important for this championship when we get to the later stages.

The race itself was very enjoyable and good fun and I’m sure the people in the grandstands and at home liked having so much action to watch. I seemed to spend a lot of time being passed by or passing Webber! He overtook me when I made a mistake and he was able to get a tow from my slipstream, also helped by the fact that, in those first twenty laps on slicks, my grip level was quite low. But as my tyres degraded, I found more front grip and could keep him behind him.

I stayed in Melbourne until Monday evening, going out with some friends on Sunday night and Tuesday I have arrived in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia at this time of year is very hot and sticky, making the race itself very tough in terms of your physical condition. I make a point of training outdoors rather than in the gym, running and doing other exercises, so that I get used to working in the hot conditions. And you make sure you go easy on the air conditioning, as the offices at the track can be so cold, it can cause problems.

In 2009 this race started at five in the afternoon, the same as Australia and I’m glad the organisers have brought forward the start by one hour. Last year, it was a shame for us that because of the tropical storm, the race could not be restarted, because the visibility was no longer good enough by the time the track conditions would have been safe enough for a re-start. Let’s hope we don’t have that problem this time, as it is also unfair on the spectators if they don’t get to see a real race. In fact, I think we need to look again at the start time in Melbourne for the future, as visibility was beginning to be a bit of an issue towards the end of the race.

The Sepang track is very different to Albert Park and it will be interesting to see if the Red Bulls are still very competitive on this circuit also. Hopefully, we can push them harder and pick up our pace a little bit. We must wait until practice starts to get a clearer picture. We have had two good first races and now we must keep working in this direction and bring home as many points as possible, whatever the situation in Sepang.


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15 responses so far

  • Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 06:50 by Mark
    All the tifosi in the USA will be watching you with excitement in Malaysia, Felipe. It's going to be an exciting race indeed! Hopefully our race pace will exceed Red Bulls' in this GP, they're right there with us. I don't think any of us can even imagine how hot it must be in the F10, in Malaysia, with the engine at your back, heat, humidity, etc.. Stay cool! Forza Ferrari!! Forza Felipe! Grazie mille! Ciao!
  • Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 09:03 by Fred B
    Fabulous race Felipe!! It is absolutely wonderful to see the team leading both championships! You are driving superbly and the dicing with Webber was quite entertaining as it was surely enjoyable on the track. I'll be cheering you on at Sepang this week.
  • Thursday, 1 Apr 2010 09:31 by Viktoria Chiara Hägel
    Hello Felipe, I`m very happy about this result too. I wish you good luck for the next race and hope that you´ll have fun. Chiara
  • Thursday, 1 Apr 2010 10:30 by vikram anand
    hi filepe, i am extremely pleased that u have fully recovered from the unfortunate accident you had last year & you are driving fast.. the last two races have proved it!! as you have rightly mentioned, seems like the f10 is easier on the tyres... so maybe we can have aggressive pit stops in the coming races!!! i am so happy to see the car is fast out of the box.. :) i have huge respect for u after u missed the world championship by a whisker in 2008!! all the best this for 2010... forza ferrari & forza ferrari.. greetings from india, vikram
  • Thursday, 1 Apr 2010 10:55 by Amus
    Felipe Please find your Pace like the way you found your pace in 2007 and 2008 season you are a fighter and please do not forget this keep your self focus and determined and i am sure you will win this year champion ship next races on the calender are all your favourites tracks we just need you to get back to your original form.May God bless you a lot this year. Amen
  • Thursday, 1 Apr 2010 12:17 by Rhea
    I hope you will have lesser tough race than Melbourne but at least the same good result as there. Have a great weekend and good luck :)
  • Thursday, 1 Apr 2010 11:56 by Riccardo Reis Lacerda Soffner
    Hello Felipe, I'm here to say I am your number one fan, and I would like to say you are a very good pilot, and I am cheering to you be the champion of this season. Bye-Bye. I have got 12 years old.
  • Friday, 2 Apr 2010 06:36 by SAEED
    Living in the world of Formula1 and keep doing good job has always been difficult.There'll be problems but we,by no mean,can stop.Let's keep going forward.You seem to face more problems than Fernendo,you are right,may be it's because of relative driving styles.We all heard Rob Smedley shouting over the radio in Melbourne.We believe in you Felipe.Problems are there to be solved.More you have problems means more you know the facts that can determine outcomes.But they do need to be fixed.Carry on with the awesome job you are doing in the early part of this season.Believe in you.You can do it.Best wishes.[SAEED]
  • Friday, 2 Apr 2010 06:41 by Soumya Banerjee
    All we Indian tifosi will be supporting you very much indeed.It was a great to see you at podium in Australia. Forza Ferrari!! Forza Felipe!!
  • Friday, 2 Apr 2010 11:28 by Lauren
    Well done Felipe great start to the season i wish you good luck in every race we are all behind you ♥♥♥
  • Friday, 2 Apr 2010 03:52 by Luiz Carlos Reis
    Congratulations Felipe! But this year the championship seem more dificult. We want to have a new world champion and show to the world that football and race is with us. We want to see you bright. Acelera porra!!!
  • Saturday, 3 Apr 2010 05:32 by Xumi
    Hi Felipe! You are a very good driver, keep confident! 2 podiums in 2 races! Congratulations! Thanks for the emotion you give us! Best wishes for Sepang!
  • Sunday, 4 Apr 2010 10:42 by krisztina
    Congratulates! It was a great race!
  • Monday, 5 Apr 2010 01:15 by Cody Weston
    Felipe is one the best drivers in the world. He is an asset to both Scuderia Ferrari and the Formula 1 community.
  • Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 02:20 by Felicia Gu
    Felipe, siamo con te~~~ I'm from Shanghai,China.I'm really looking forward to your great performance in Shanghai.I am with you what ever happened. Best wishes to you for China Grand Prix!



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