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Massa out to defend lead

Felipe Massa hoping new components on the Ferrari F10 will aid him and the Scuderia in its battle with Red Bull and McLaren.
Ferrari's Felipe Massa has said he will be gunning for a 'significant number of points' this weekend in China as he looks to stay top in the drivers' championship.

Massa has yet to win this season, but thanks to two podiums in Bahrain and Australia, and a seventh place finish last time out in Malaysia, he leads the way in the race for the F1 2010 drivers' crown with 39 points on the board.

Speaking prior to this weekend's race at the Shanghai International Circuit, the fourth round on the calendar, the Brazilian added some new developments should help him and the Scuderia close up on its main rivals.

"I'm looking forward to the fact that we will have some new components on the car [in China], aimed at improving performance and I hope they prove to be successful to help us in our fight, especially with the Red Bulls and the McLarens," he wrote in his blog on Ferrari's official website.

"This is the second year we have had to deal with a ban on in-season testing, so the arrival of new components means that the Friday of a race weekend is used, not only for the usual work of comparing the two types of tyre and working on track-specific set-up, but also as a test session for these new elements.

"Usually we will do a back-to-back comparison, with the new parts on one car and the older version on the other, or we might also swap the parts from one car to the other. After that, during the debrief, we compare all the telemetric data and also mine and Fernando's opinions on how the new components worked, before making a decision about whether or not to use them for qualifying and the race.

"My record in Shanghai is not too bad, as I've stood on the podium twice: I came second in 2008 and third in 2007. It's a nice circuit to drive and the extremely long straight leading into a tight corner means there is a real possibility to overtake.

"However, we will need to be careful on that straight this year, because we have seen that the McLaren in particular has a very high top speed, so in case of a close battle with them we will have to be careful and ready to defend position.

"There are some other interesting corners, such as the exit of Turn 1 going into Turn 2, when the rear of the car can get out of shape and generally there are plenty of high speed corners and some quick changes of direction. I hope our car will be competitive here this weekend and allow us to bring home a significant number of points."

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Tealeaf - Unregistered

April 15, 2010 12:56 AM

Ferrari are shooting themselves in the foot letting massa take points off alonso right now, it's clear who's the better driver. They will lose the drivers title this year if it keeps going like the way it is, vettel or Hamilton will win it.

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