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Taking points from Fernando's rivals

November 9, 2010 · Posted by Felipe Massa

I have just arrived in Abu Dhabi, having left Sao Paolo on Monday night and, apart from the fact that I was racing in Brazil, in front of my home crowd, I can think of very little that was the good about the weekend in Interlagos. Qualifying did not go so well and then the problem with the wheel nut during my pit stop meant that my race was effectively over, as I had to come back in on the very next lap to change wheels again. If it had not been for that, I think I could have ended the race in the top five, which would have been a reasonable performance. From that point on, the race was very tough with so many cars in front of me. The situation with the traffic was particularly tricky and confusing. For example, at one point, Rosberg let me pass him and I did not understand why, but I think there was a bit of confusion with some drivers racing each other on the same lap being shown the blue flag by mistake. When the Safety Car came out, the situation got even more complicated. In my opinion, it was better when the rules allowed cars to un-lap themselves when they were behind the Safety Car, as it would have made the racing more interesting. This is especially true when you consider the situation in the championship, because there were at least a couple of backmarkers between Vettel and Webber at the restart and a lot more between Webber and Fernando, so it was not particularly good in terms of the show.

But now, let's look forward rather than back, as it is time for the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. This will be a completely new track for me, as I was unable to race here last year, the first time this Grand Prix was on the calendar. I have driven it on the simulator and I have also used a computer game to practice it more at home in Brazil right up to yesterday so that I have as much information as possible, even if it is never the same as actually driving the track itself. Even though I was not racing in 2009, I did attend the Grand Prix and I thought the facility was fantastic. For Ferrari, this is a special event, as the team has strong links with the area through our sponsors Mubadala and Etihad and now there is also the Ferrari theme park, just outside the race track. As we will be staying in Abu Dhabi for a week after the race, when we have the Young Driver test and then the Pirelli test, I hope to get some time to spend at the park, which should be an enjoyable experience. Speaking of the Pirelli test, I am looking forward to it as it will be an interesting experience seeing what differences there are between them and Bridgestone, who have given us such good tyre service over so many years. It will be an important couple of days to get a good idea about tyre behaviour ahead of the winter break.

As for the Grand Prix itself, Ferrari is still in the fight for the Drivers' title and I really hope to be racing at the front, in the middle of the fight between the drivers still involved. If I can score some good points, taking them away from Fernando's rivals, it can be useful for him.


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25 responses so far

  • Tuesday, 9 Nov 2010 01:04 by Cathie
    I love you! You are one of the greatest men! Let's get a lot of pleasure from this last GP! I always nearby and also will always support you, Felipe. C.
  • Tuesday, 9 Nov 2010 04:53 by Arek
    Hi Felipe. The Brazil GP is a past as you said, i can only imagine how disappointed it was for you. After that race i think you had the most bad luck in these season of all dirvers. It was sad to read what you said that its not youre season and youre sorry for the fans. I only whant to tell you that you dont have to be sorry for me its a pleasure to only watch you racing, and let that last as long as it can. Its a shame that race in Brazil was so unhapy for You Felipe, but you showd youre will to fight and that you never give up even racing far from the head of race. That was amazing thank you! Youre fans will always support you so keep pushing. Abu Dhabi you will be on top :).
  • Tuesday, 9 Nov 2010 07:52 by Fanis
    I love you too, you have my support from deep in my heart Felipe, best luck to you in racing and to all of your life!
  • Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 01:57 by Herminio Arias
    keep going felipe!! the next year will be a lot better than this!! greetings fromo paraguay!
  • Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 03:14 by L from Canada
    I watched in utter disbelief when you came in for another pit stop due to the wheel nut. That ruined your race. You had a real chance in Brazil. Looking forward, I know both you and Fernando can do well in Abu Dhabi. Stay strong Felipe!
  • Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 09:33 by Noe Izumi
    Don't give up, Felipe. I know you're not going to do it, anyway, because we know you're incredibly courageous. If you read this just never forget we're with you. We can wait until you are again in the top, to where you belong. I wish you all the best :)
  • Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 12:25 by Ashton Bossr
    Hello Felipe. It is great to see you racing once more. We know this year has not been what you expected. At this point in time we know that you will give 100% as always. All of us know you are quick, find your rhythm, ease her into the corners and let her do the job. She(F10)knows waht to doand she is definately bringing the WDC title home to where it belong- Ferrari. Have good race Felipe. Ferrari for always....Ashton Bossr - Cape Town South Africa
  • Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 03:04 by Stefan SImonka
    Not only you have an amazing amount of fans in Brazil, but from all over the world, who are cheering and supporting you in the same passionate way as the Torcida from Sao Paulo does. The whole world is behind you, Felipe, and we were all tenderhearted with you as we were watching how badly your last race went. It was none of your fault, just bad luck. I'm sure you would have fought for the podium if it hadn't been for all the unlucky circumstances. I'm just as convinced that you will show your full potential at the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi and help Ferrari to gain the second place in the constructors champioship, as well as helping Fernando in clinching the driver's title. I wish you all the best for the race and thank you again for yet another wonderful season. Your biggest fan from Austria, Stefan
  • Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 03:36 by Daniel
    Unlucky for a great comeback season. ppl foget what tought moments you had last year as we all prayed for your survival. being back in an f1 car so soon is a sign of what a great driver you are. i sincerly hope you win the last race in the season and start 2011 on a high. keep it up
  • Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 08:09 by Mark Stephens
    Felipe, help Fernando bring it home!!!! It's a team sport, one in which you play a vital part and we are very happy you are in the red car!!! Ciao Mark, Susan, Andrew and Christian
  • Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 10:03 by
    Felipe your a big man with a great heart! next season we will see you highest on the podium!
  • Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 07:38 by
    You are right ! let's look forward, and enjoy your driving there. GO GO !
  • Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 10:45 by SziZita
    I'm very sorry that this year wasn't so great for you, Felipe. I know that you have done everything what you could to be on top, but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be... No matter of this year's result, You will still be my favorite next season too and I'm really hoping that you will win the championship! Good luck for this weekend, You can still finish the year with a win and that would be wonderful! All the best and take care! ZITA from Romania
  • Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 01:01 by denise
    hi felipe, good luck for the last race of this season, hoping for a good winter/(your home countrey is summer?) and i hope that you're great again in 2011! succes
  • Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 07:58 by antonio villa
    Keep up the good job felipe ,you are a very good drive just the luck hasn`t been with you,never mind just make sure that you give a good hand to Alonso on sunday and make our Ferrari win the title.Ciao` from England toni
  • Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 08:35 by Rick
    Hi, Filipe. I have enjoyed watching you race every season, and especially so this year, after worrying that your injury could end your career. Even if this was not the best season for you, I am confident I will see you on the podium a lot in 2011! God speed!
  • Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 08:41 by Porast
    Good luck for the last race. You will still be my no.1 and I believe that next season will be better ;)
  • Sunday, 14 Nov 2010 08:52 by
    your my nr.1 mate. we have been unlucky this season! time to practise alot this winter mate, u need to be back in the shape u were 2008! see u irl at istanbul park! cheers
  • Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010 11:02 by KIRE
    Hello Felipe I hope 2011 has no problem with heating the tires I'm proud of you and believe you're the next champion in 2011 greetings from Macedonia
  • Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 10:00 by Jovana
    You will always be the best!
  • Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 07:33 by Alex
    You are a great racer!next season you will become the champion!In Russia you have many fans who believe in you!
  • Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 07:44 by Aleksey Khromov
    Filippe, we trust in you, we know that you the best racer! Let all bad luck remain in the past, and all podiums in a new 2011 season will be yours! We trust in your victory!!!
  • Friday, 10 Dec 2010 12:17 by FOURCADE Olivier
    I am sure you will be the best driver 2011. You were going to be last year before your incident. Keep going, you can do it. Good luck
  • Wednesday, 9 Feb 2011 01:24 by Britton
    I'm sorry about all the bad luck last season and also in testing so far. Justice will be served in the end. Bring it home in 2011!
  • Sunday, 6 Mar 2011 11:37 by Ana458
    Forza Felipe. You will always be the best. Big kiss from Serbia.



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