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You can feel the excitement building

November 2, 2010 · Posted by Felipe Massa

In a couple of days, it will be time for me to make the short trip from my home in Sao Paolo to the Interlagos circuit for the start of the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend. I can’t wait, because of all the races I had to sit out after my accident last year, this was the one I missed the most. I have been in Brazil since the Tuesday after Korea and it has been a busy time for me, part business and part pleasure, as I was at our home in the countryside last weekend along with all my family for my sister’s wedding. Now I am back in Sao Paolo for what is a long week of promotional and PR events, but I don’t mind as this is always part of the build up to your home grand prix. This afternoon I visited the Ferrari stand at the Sao Paulo Motors Show: it was nice to see a lot of enthusiasm for our cars on display. You can feel the excitement building as the weekend gets closer, even if we have had an even bigger event taking place with the election of Brazil’s first woman President earlier this week. Lula did a good job for Brazil over the last eight years and I hope this continues with our new President.

Even if this race is extra busy for me, I look forward to it as it is a fantastic feeling seeing all the home crowd making so much noise in the grandstands from Friday onwards, cheering me and the other Brazilian drivers. We have four Brazilian drivers on the grid this time, which will create even more interest with the crowd. For Lucas (di Grassi) and Bruno (Senna) it will be their first time racing F1 at home, but the fans here understand the sport well and know these guys are not in the most competitive cars so they should get to enjoy the weekend, because even if Bruno has a big name, the fans understand there is a limit to what he can do with the equipment he has and the same goes for Lucas. As a Brazilian driver, the crowd definitely gives you something extra and I have first hand experience of that, as my last three races here were very strong, so I hope that trend continues this time. I have won my home race twice and I would love to do it again, but it is very difficult to make predictions until we actually start practice. What we can say is that, in the past, even in years when our car was not so competitive during the season, we have gone well in Sao Paolo and I hope that will be the case this weekend. In general, in the last few races in Asia, our car has worked well which is encouraging, but it is also true that Red Bull won here last year and they are bound to be strong again. As the local boy, I can tell you there are no particular changes at the Interlagos circuit this year, which means it has it will have it’s own very special character as usual. I love the atmosphere here and I think in general it is a popular venue on the calendar: the race track itself is fantastic and usually provides good racing as you always see overtaking here. I hope it will be a nice weekend: in terms of the weather it is quite warm, in the mid-twenties, but there is no point looking too closely at the forecast, as it can change for better or worse very quickly here. All I will say is that when it rains in Interlagos, it rains a lot!

In terms of both championships, this is a very important race, but everyone at Ferrari will go about preparing for it just like any other grand prix, as you cannot change your approach. The important element will be reliability, so that we can get all our Friday work completed, before tackling the crucial qualifying, which will be very close, given how short the lap is here. As for the race, the first aim will be to make sure we finish and then we can see where we are at the flag.


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12 responses so far

  • Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 09:09 by SziZita
    Hello Felipe! First of all I wish all the best and a happy marriage for your sister and her husband! You can give them the nicest present by winning the race in Brazil this weekend. And that would be a wonderful present for all your fans too! So I'm looking forward to it, I'm really hoping it will come true! Show to the world what a great driver you are and that you can win! I'll be with you in my mind during the whole race. Take care and good luck! ZITA from Romania
  • Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 02:20 by Sam Fusco
    Hey Felipe you may have had an up and down season we would love to see you score a few final podiums. Good luck for the ;ast two races.
  • Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 09:37 by Cathie
    Anything they can do, You can do better! The show must go on :) Good luck for you, go and win! I Love you. C.
  • Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 11:57 by Stefan SImonka
    Felipe, show them who's the paizinho of Interlagos! You can do it, I believe in you.
  • Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 05:47 by Sheena
    I wish you lots of good luck for your home grand prix! Go Felipe!! xxx
  • Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 06:28 by Denise
    I'll wactch the race sunday on the tv, so good luck maybe your third win in your home grandprix Denise
  • Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 10:12 by James Ruth
    Go get 'em Felipe! We need your points for the Constructor's Championship! Can't wait to see you and Nando on the podium!
  • Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 10:26 by Marco Cedeno
    Forza Felipe!!you can win this one....from Ecuador all the support!!!
  • Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 10:25 by
    Felipe, lets win this race and bring the championship home. Your an honest man and a great driver with lots of potential. Don't worry about the drivers championship of this year luck hasn't been on your side hopefully 2011. Best of luck for this weekend. Mustafa from Australia.
  • Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 03:07 by Viktoria Chiara Hägel
    Hi Felipe, Iwish you good luck for the race, I know how special it is for you, so I hope you can win this race!!! I believe on you! You are a real champion!!! Chiara
  • Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 06:13 by
    Let's hope we will hear again the same sentence what Rob Smedley told you in team radio in 2008: "who is the daddy of Brazil?" We really would like seeing you smile on top of the podium. Forza Felipe!
  • Saturday, 6 Nov 2010 02:42 by Dini
    Hey Felipe! I wish you luck for your last two races! Brazil fans are supporting you there and I'm supporting you from home as well! So don't give up! I believe in you ;) Dini from Singapore



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