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Massa 'hopes' Ferrari can challenge Red Bull

Felipe Massa: The Sepang track is very different to Albert Park and it will be interesting to see if the Red Bulls are also still very competitive on this circuit.
Felipe Massa has said he wants to be able to up his pace a bit this weekend in Malaysia and push the Red Bulls harder.

Massa has made a strong start to the F1 2010 season and following a second place finish in Bahrain and a third in Australia is second in the drivers' championship, four points off his Ferrari team-mate, Fernando Alonso.

It is the best start he has ever had to an F1 season and the Brazilian is keen to build on that in Sepang and keep the momentum going.

"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," Massa said in his blog on the official Ferrari website. "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."

Asked why he seemed to struggle a bit last weekend, Massa said the main reason was due to his driving style.

"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," he explained.

"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."

Massa's thoughts now though are firmly on round three and after the Malaysian GP was stopped in '09, he is hoping they go the full distance on Sunday.

"I'm glad the organisers have brought forward the start by one hour," he continued. "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."



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