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Think positive!

April 7, 2010 · Posted by Felipe Massa

Even after a difficult weekend like the one just gone in Malaysia, I always try to look on the positive side and although Friday and Saturday free practice showed that the F10 was not the quickest car on the track, in the race, when I was able to run alone and in clean air, the pace was reasonable compared to the Red Bull, which was the winning car. Also, when compared to the McLarens, the verdict was quite good. In the early stages, Lewis, who along with Jenson, also joined us down the back part of the grid, was able to pass a lot of cars thanks to having excellent top speed which we were not able to match. However, after a while, I was able to close the gap on him quite easily in the later stages. So, I have to say that our race pace is good, but we still need to improve our performance over the single lap in qualifying. That is clear from the fact that Red Bull has been on pole position for all three races so far. If we improve this aspect of our package, we will therefore improve even our race performance and that is what we will be trying to do in the coming races.

There is no point avoiding the subject: our race was pretty much over by the end of the first part of qualifying on Saturday afternoon. In simple language, we made a big mistake, me and the team together. It was wrong to trust too much in the weather forecast, thinking it was going to get dryer, especially as it was already raining prior to the start of the session. We ended up on track at the wrong time and failed to get out of Q1 and it is no consolation that we were not the only team to make that mistake. It was a stupid strategic mistake really and we must learn from what happened and try not to do it again, because in such a closely contested championship, these are the sort of incidents that could win or lose the title come the end of the year.

When you line up on the grid and see around twenty cars in front of you, you know you are going to have a tough afternoon. But with the McLaren guys also having made a mess of qualifying, it meant there were four quick cars together pretty much at the back of the field. I am sure we managed to keep the crowd entertained between us, because when you start from the back and are fighting all the way with a duel almost every lap, the race went by very quickly and you can almost not believe it when you see the chequered flag and realise the race is over. When you start from the front of the grid, the race gives the impression of being much longer in your mind. Although I enjoyed the fighting on track in Sepang, I would definitely have preferred it if the race had seemed to be a long one!

Still wanting to stay positive, I must say whenever you look at the championship classification and see your name at the top of the page, which is the situation I found myself in after Sepang, it is a nice feeling. But it doesn’t count for much after just three races. We must keep pushing for the rest of the year, because seeing your name at the top of the page becomes much more important later on than it is now. All the same, it’s a good situation to be in.

I heard people in Malaysia on Sunday saying that Red Bull was now by far the quickest car and it is true they were in the first two rows of the grid. But over a race distance, I believe the story is a bit different and you have to remember that in Sepang, they were racing pretty much on their own as the two teams who would have pushed them hardest, started from so far back. You need to keep that in mind when assessing the race. They are definitely not unstoppable, but we need to improve a bit to be in a better position to stop them. Now I am back in Monaco with the family and, apart from the next trip to China, this will be my base now for most of the European summer. For my son, this was his first really long flight from Brazil and it took him some time to get used to the time difference, not that I can explain the idea of jet lag to him just yet!


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22 responses so far

  • Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 08:42 by ScuderiaStar
    Felipe! Stays at the top of the championship, please!! Good luck in China!!
  • Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 09:06 by rob allum
    Great read, thankyou. Its fantastic that you ahead of championship. This is your year Felipe. Forza Ferrari Forza Felipe
  • Thursday, 8 Apr 2010 04:00 by Norie
    Hi Felipe ! I'm enjoying your fighting. I'm looking forward to your smile on the top of podium.
  • Thursday, 8 Apr 2010 06:16 by Syed
    Take your time and have fun with your family before you get back to work Massa. Sepang was more of a "damage limitation" for you and you did limit the damage as proven by the fact you're leading the championship. To me, you drove a faultless race that I even forgot you are yet to win a championship!Looking at the way you drive, I dont have the slightest doubt that it's about time you will win one and at the moment this is your best chance you've ever had to go for it. You are in a way better position than you were last year at this stage of the season and you know that. We'll all be totally behind you regardless. I know there's more to come from you as the season progresses and that we'll be more than happy to see you at the top of the podium! Be the best among the best my man. Forza Ferrari! Forza Felipe!
  • Thursday, 8 Apr 2010 12:26 by Rhea
    I know, it is not so important who is leading the championship at the moment but to be honest seeing your name at the top of the page, it is very good and it would also be really fantastic end of the year considering what happened the last year(s). You really deserve it. I wish you a good luck for Chinese GP. Keep it up! :)
  • Thursday, 8 Apr 2010 07:29 by Alexandre B Afonso
    Good job Felipe! It's wonderful to see you driven again. But not just driven. Beeing even more efetiveness than time ago. Count with our support every sunday, doesn't matter the time the race is... The 2010's chanppionship has it's owner: Felipe Massa do Brasil!! Tan, tan, tan... tan, tan, tan...
  • Friday, 9 Apr 2010 01:52 by Francisco Galuppo
    I beleave in you Felipe!!!Bring the title to Brazil. After Senna you are the best driver that can bring the title after several years. Come on Felepe!!! You can do it!!!
  • Saturday, 10 Apr 2010 10:46 by Nigel
    I'll be there in China mate, give me a wave as you're riding by turn-one! Keep up the good work and make sure you take home a trophy so your son can associate long haul flights with great rewards! You're my hero! Forza Felipe!
  • Saturday, 10 Apr 2010 11:42 by parichay
    hey felipe... its great to see you on the top . keep it up . i hope there will be a lot of exciting action on the track form you. best of luck...
  • Saturday, 10 Apr 2010 11:49 by Rodrigo Casula
    I'm really pleased to see you back and performing above standard, you are an awesome driver with lots of talent and passion. you are consistent and have the extra factor when it comes to put the rubber down! can't wait to see you on that top spot looking down on your competitors! Forza Ferrari Forza Felipe!!!
  • Saturday, 10 Apr 2010 05:57 by marcelle
    WOW. To the victory in China Felipe!! this your time ! Brasil!!!!
  • Saturday, 10 Apr 2010 09:31 by ROvER
    You're doing fine. you're a real champion!. your position in the championship worthy reward for your efforts over many years. admirer of Belarus.Minsk
  • Saturday, 10 Apr 2010 09:50 by Gustavo
    Felipe Massa you is the best Pilot in F1, Go to championship Good luck Ferrari, Forza Felipe
  • Sunday, 11 Apr 2010 02:34 by Elizabeth Gutierrez
    Glad to see you have recovered from your accident last year and you are proving to be the best contender for 2010. Good Luck, keep the faith and kudos to F1 management and staff.
  • Sunday, 11 Apr 2010 10:31 by Rishi
    Fantastic Felipe, you drove very well and your overtake on Jenson in the closing stages was very nice to watch. Well done on being at the top of the championship, this is something you have deserved for a long time, and may it continue all the way to Abu Dhabi! In the words of the mighty Rob Smedly, Good Boy! :D
  • Sunday, 11 Apr 2010 02:20 by SherrySch
    Hi Feliph,I am really so happy to see you lead the championship,hoping you could keep this until the end of this year!You really deserve the world champion! Good luck in China!:)
  • Monday, 12 Apr 2010 04:09 by Steve
    Felipe, Firstly great job and wishes for even greater results and points.... Its been a remarkable comeback and we know it is the beginning of greater things to come for you. Though European media has underplayed it we all can see your efforts and for sure ferrari recognizes the same. I have been your ardent fan for years and over the period you have become mature as a driver and the sepang race proves the point..starting from 21st on the grid the way you confidently worked your way up then passing move on jenson....I am sure your making your point loud and clear... Best Wishes for the races ahead... and some quality time with Felipe jr. :)
  • Monday, 12 Apr 2010 04:46 by Fábio Henrique da Silva Pimenta
    Very well, it's a great pleasure to read those lines, because now there isn't anything about the last year accident, only the words from the guy who fights to win the Championship, race after race. So, we hope you see a long race in China, adding more 25 points in the fight for the Championship. This is your year, good luck and take a good rest until there!! Força Massa!
  • Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 01:23 by
    I'd wish you good luck but you don't need it when you have that much skill. Unlucky in Malaysia but you did a very good job. I hope to see you back on the top step of the podium sooner rather than later and hopefully you can have this same standing in the championship at the end of the season too! All you fans are supporting you!
  • Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 06:31 by Luis
    Vamos Felipe! Keep up the good work... THIS IS YOUR YEAR! God Bless You and FORZA FERRARI! A venezuelan in Florida rooting for you every race day!
  • Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 07:13 by Ghada Ahmad
    Each point earned in any race makes a difference & if the fight for the championship is slacked early on then it is for the driver/constructor to lose. Ferrari has had its misfortunes but it is time to step up & relinquish its status as one of THE greatest constructors F1 has.
  • Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 09:29 by Rob
    Felipe, well done on such a great start to the season. It is good to see you proving the doubters wrong again. I love listening to the radio between you and Rob Smedley - you are a great team! Hope you keep up the super work.



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