Felipe Massa says he believes he has shown he can still be a winner in F1, despite missing out on victory in the controversial German Grand Prix.
Massa stormed into the lead at the start of the race and led, pit stop cycles aside, until the call came over the radio that effectively asked him to move aside and allow team-mate Fernando Alonso to come through.
Ferrari was then hit with a fine and called before the World Motor Sport Council for breaching F1 regulations that ban team orders but Massa said he had shown he was capable of fighting for wins, even if he believes that poor results have already ruled him out of the title race.
“Well, I cannot say that I'm there fighting for first position in the championship,” he said. “I've lost many points, important points, and the only thing I can say is that I know what I can do, I can win races, that's what counts and everybody saw today that I can win races and I can be competitive.”
The Brazilian also explained that many of his problems this year have stemmed from not being able to get to grips with the harder compound Bridgestone tyre.
“For sure, what happened today is something that has happened in many races this year: when I put on the hard tyres I struggle,” he said. “This is exactly what happened in the race. On the soft tyres, I was very strong and then when we went onto the hard, I was struggling again, so there's no news about that. So I know why sometimes I'm a little bit penalised, it's just because of the very hard tyres that we have this year.
“I don't think it's a good thing, to be honest, because you don't have strategies any more. Then also the grip level on hard tyres for me was always a little bit of an issue this year, and most of the races that we used these tyres I was struggling. And this is another one where I was very good on the soft tyres in the first part of the race, and then we put on the hard tyres and I was struggling again. It's a similar issue that we have had in some races.”
Massa added that he took the decision to allow Alonso through as he 'wasn't so strong on the hard [tyre] and was thinking about the team' and had been acting as a professional doing the job he is employed to do.
“I'm very professional and I've showed in my career how professional I am,” he said. “You are professional as well, you work for a company. I believe you are doing what you have to do, so I'm professional and today I showed how professional I am. That's it.”