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May 26, 2010 · Posted by Felipe Massa

I’ve had a busy time travelling to and from Maranello since the last Grand Prix, last week to work on preparation for Istanbul on the simulator and yesterda, I went back to Italy to take part in a football match for the Telethon charity, of which Luca di Montezemolo is president. Playing with me on the Telethon team were Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella and there were lots of former professional football players, actors, singers and VIPs. Then today, I flew to Turkey for the next round of the world championship and it’s one I am really looking forward to.

Istanbul is a special track for me, as I have won three times in a row out of the five times we have raced there. I enjoy it a lot and I am looking forward to this weekend to try and do it again. Last year, when our car was not so competitive, I still managed to finish sixth, so I am hoping for something better this time, even if we have seen that the opposition is very strong at the moment. I can’t really explain why I have always been strong at Istanbul Park, but there is something about the track characteristics that seems to suit me in a similar way to Bahrain or Sao Paolo: I just click with these places and I feel very comfortable driving there. The most interesting part of the Turkish track is Turn 8, which is basically four left hand turns all taken as one, which puts quite a strain on your neck and upper body as it probably generates the highest lateral G-forces of any corner on the calendar. This year, in the early stages of the race, we will also have to tackle it with a much heavier car because of running on full tanks, which means it will be much slower than usual. But that is something we have experienced at all the races this year and while in qualifying Turn 8 is difficult but you are pretty much flat out, in the race you will have to back off the throttle. This season, in the early laps, we have seen that we can be 6 to 7 seconds slower per lap than in qualifying.

After running very competitively in Monaco on Bridgestone’s softer tyres, in Istanbul we will be back to their Medium and Hard compounds: the engineers have been pushing very hard to get to the F10 to make these tyres work better for us than they did in Barcelona for example, so I expect we will have made some progress. Also, the asphalt in Istanbul is the most abrasive we will have encountered so far this season, resulting in higher tyre degradation and that fact, combined with the higher temperatures we can expect this weekend, should see us work the tyres better.

All rounds of the championship are equally important in terms of the points on offer, but this weekend’s race has a special significance for everyone in the team and back at the factory. It will be the eight hundredth Formula 1 World Championship event in which the Scuderia has taken part, dating back to the first race of 1950 in Monaco. For me, it will be the sixty ninth time I put on the red fire suit and step into the cockpit of a Prancing Horse car and it is fantastic to be part of that history, part of the most famous racing team in the world. This is my job, but I never forget how special it is to drive for Ferrari. Although it will be nice to celebrate this milestone with the team this weekend, in Formula 1 it is the present and the future that matter, so the best way to celebrate the 800 would be to have a perfect weekend, ending with a great result on Sunday afternoon.


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23 responses so far

  • Thursday, 27 May 2010 05:12 by Marco Cedeno
    Forza Felipe!!you can do it!!!I wish you the best of luck and you can win it!!
  • Thursday, 27 May 2010 12:00 by Alberto
    Good luck Felipe! Hope that Ferrari can celebrate this special GP with another one-two finish as in Bahrein. Greetings from Spain
  • Thursday, 27 May 2010 02:31 by Samir Afkir
    Felipe , you are the best! You can remake what you ve done last year. A new victory in Turkey would be great!!! You are the numero UNO in Ferrari
  • Thursday, 27 May 2010 04:28 by Ana
    FORZA FELIPE. You are the best.
  • Thursday, 27 May 2010 05:12 by Arek
    With my heart im with you Felipe. I believe that you can win, and show the fans great driving. I hope that this time the tires will work for you well. I remember how you struggle with them in Spain. There was not much onboards of you in race but some of them showed how you were fighting for the grip at every corner, amazing skills. Remember Felipe that there are people in the world that are with you no matter what place you finish the race. I wish to talk with you on real, ask many things, emotions, concerns. Good luck Felipe, or rather good car. God bless you Felipe.
  • Thursday, 27 May 2010 09:29 by john o'neill
    Good luck Felipe you will do it you are the best...Greetings from Scotland. Will be at Silverstone and you will win there as well Good luck...
  • Thursday, 27 May 2010 10:51 by Claudio Sampaio
    Forza Felipe, here in Brazil we really believe in you and we are confident that you will make great progress this season as you always did in the past. Needless to say that I personally hope that you give us a AWESOME end of season like 2008, obviously, with you winning the F1 World Championship. Hope you win (again) in Turkey because you (and all the tifosi) deserves!!! GO FELIPE!!!!
  • Friday, 28 May 2010 11:06 by Bruno Napoletani
    Go Felipe!! Have a great race!
  • Friday, 28 May 2010 12:32 by Marcello Pazetto Lepi
    Felipe you are the best today to do a driver for FERRARI!!! Brazil have proud of you!!! For everything!!1
  • Friday, 28 May 2010 03:45 by denise
    felipe you're great!, hopefully you win sunday! you're the best
  • Friday, 28 May 2010 05:31 by Jacques Massa
    Massa!!! Wish you all the best in this GP-weekend! This is YOUR GP! You will win this one! C'mon Forza Felipe!!!
  • Friday, 28 May 2010 08:04 by Rafael Ramos
    GO GO GO MASSA!!! After Ayrton you are the brazilian pilot that could be the champion! The Brazil believe it!!!
  • Friday, 28 May 2010 08:15 by Rubens Brito
    Go Felipe, i belive in 2010 you is new championship!
  • Friday, 28 May 2010 09:02 by Alice
    You are the best!
  • Friday, 28 May 2010 10:18 by vitor
    Good luck and good race....
  • Saturday, 29 May 2010 12:41 by Santiagol
  • Saturday, 29 May 2010 11:44 by Marc
    Come on Felipe!! You're great!! Good Luck!
  • Saturday, 29 May 2010 01:15 by Krishna
  • Saturday, 29 May 2010 03:11 by Sara
    Good luck Felipe, you are the best & you deserve a win tomorrow, have an awesome race!!
  • Sunday, 30 May 2010 11:05 by Dini
    HI felipe! I am your no. 1 fan IN SINGAPORE!! You won the Turkish Grand Prix before and you CAN win it again! Good Luck!
  • Monday, 31 May 2010 02:35 by Lauren
    Good LUCK IN CANADA Felip, We all know you can win Can't wait to see you at silverstone, me and my Dad stand at maggots ♥♥♥♥♥ i love you Felipe,Mabey next race will be better xoxoxoxoox ox xo oxox ox ox oxox
  • Monday, 31 May 2010 02:59 by Nur Dini
    Hi! It is an honour for me to be posting this! I really wish to meet you in real life as a HUGE fan of yours. I am your LIFE LONG supporter, doesn't matter in how well you do. But you have the potential, Felipe. I believe in you
  • Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 08:49 by JP GILIYAR



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