Felipe Massa says he is hoping for a normal race this weekend in Germany after the issues encountered by the Brazilian in recent Grands Prix.
The last three races have seen the Ferrari driver fail to score, with collisions on track in Canada and Silverstone hitting his chances of scoring points and the Safety Car period in Valencia ruining his hopes of bringing home a top ten finish.
With that in mind, Massa will hope for a more trouble free race day at Hockenheim although he admits that Ferrari will face a battle to try and fight for victory.
“It might seem an unusual thing for a race driver to wish for, but my greatest hope is that I can have a normal race,” he said. “If I think back to everything that happened to me in the last three races, sometimes I still find it hard to believe that I had so much bad luck.
“In all three of those races, our Friday and Saturday performance had proved we had a competitive car, but I never managed to translate that potential into points on the Sunday. So, my main aim is to have a trouble-free weekend from start to finish: of course I wouldn't be a racing driver if I did not have thoughts of winning the race, even if we know that, at the moment, Ferrari is up against some very strong opposition, but really, if there are no unusual incidents on Sunday and we can race to our full potential, then I will be satisfied, because if we manage to do that, then I am sure a good result is waiting for us.”
While he admits regret at the fact that his F1 career started after the sport had finished racing on the 'old' Hockenheim circuit, Massa added that the modern version of the German venue was one that should suit the F1 – which will feature a number of new parts for the weekend.
“In a way, I regret that I never got the chance to drive on the famous old Hockenheim layout, with its long straights through the forests, so this new version is the only one I know,” he said. “I think the track characteristics should suit our car quite well and I hope we will be competitive there. We are pressing forward with the car development, even if it seemed much improved in the last few races and here we will have a new diffuser, which we will evaluate during Friday's free practice.
“I am sure other teams will also be moving forward on the technical front, but we must just concentrate on our own job and not concern ourselves with that.”