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Felipe Massa: "The time I say that I am a number two driver, I will not race any more"
Felipe Massa insists he is going into the Hungarian Grand prix this weekend with his focus on victory, and has denied that he is the number two driver at Ferrari.

Massa missed out on what would have been an emotional victory on the first anniversary of his accident at the Hungaroring in last weekend's German Grand Prix after Ferrari elected to swap its drivers round in the race.

While the team denied using team orders after Massa was handed a coded message over the radio by engineer Rob Smedley, race stewards thought otherwise and decided that the team had breached the rules on team orders and brought the sport into disrepute – handing out a $100,000 fine and referring the matter to the World Motor Sport Council.

The topic was understandably on the agenda when Massa appeared in the Thursday press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend, with the Brazilian being quizzed as to whether he now saw himself as the number two within the Ferrari team after what happened a week ago.

“The time I say that I am a number two driver, I will not race any more,” he replied. “I will fight for the victory here whatever the conditions. I'm working for the team and we know how important that is.”

Massa was also quizzed as to whether he would act differently if he found himself in the same position this weekend, replying with a simple 'I will win' when pushed for an answer.

Massa had insisted that it was his decision to allow Fernando Alonso through to take victory at Hockenheim following the message he was given from the pits.



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