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Massa 'impeccable' en-route to P4

Felipe Massa: "This weekend, the car was very good and the tyres worked well: now we must ensure that is the case at all tracks and with all types of tyre."
Felipe Massa took an encouraging fourth place finish around the streets of Monte Carlo on Sunday in his Ferrari F10.

Massa, who hasn't had the best results in the last few events, ran fourth from the off and while he was always pretty close to Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica, who finished second and third, unsurprisingly he was unable to find a way by around the tight confines of the Principality.

Speaking at the finish, the Brazilian reckoned he has got the best result he could given he started from the second row of the grid in P4.

"On this track, if you don't make up places at the start, it is difficult to pass other cars, especially if they have a similar race pace. You need to be patient and then exploit any eventuality such as others making mistakes. I ran almost all the race behind Vettel and Kubica and finished in the same position from which I had started: I don't think I could have done more," Massa confirmed.

"This weekend, the car was very good and the tyres worked well. But we must ensure that is the case at all tracks and with all types of tyre. Today's points are very important in the classification, but now we must ensure we are as well prepared as possible for the Turkish Grand Prix, one of my favourite races."

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali meanwhile was happy with Massa's performance and that of his team-mate, Fernando Alonso, who was sixth, even though he started last having missed qualifying after his FP3 crash.

He also added that he is confident both championships remain open despite the current dominance of the Adrian Newey-designed Red Bull Racing RB6.

"First and foremost, I want to congratulate the team and the drivers who did a perfect job today," Domenicali continued. "Felipe drove impeccably, pushing hard when he could and running at the same pace as the leaders.

"Fernando produced an amazing climb through the field: starting from pit lane and finishing sixth is a great result, which came courtesy of a drive that was as aggressive at the start as it was well judged at the end. The chosen strategy, to immediately stop and change tyres proved to be absolutely the right one.

"After a Saturday that was not up to our expectations or potential, today we showed what we could do.

"Even if one team has the edge in terms of performance, both championships are still very open. We must continue to develop the car and work hard to reach our objectives," he summed-up.



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Calvin _

May 17, 2010 5:41 PM

Good if unspectacular drive by Felipe. Alonso wasn´t that much better. A good strategy jumped him up a lot of places, and he overtook some much slower cars, a bit too easily at times, but after that, I didn't see the dominant car from FP1 and FP2. In fact, I thought he had difficulty keeping up with Lewis, even though Lewis had brake problems.



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