Felipe Massa says he feels that Ferrari is in good shape heading to the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend as the team seeks to maintain the strong form it showed prior to F1's summer break.
A dominant performance in Germany – team orders row aside – brought the team right back into contention, with Fernando Alonso now just 20 points away from championship leader Lewis Hamilton heading into the final two rounds of the European season.
However, while he feels the team is in good shape for the Belgian Grand Prix, Massa admitted it was hard to make too many predictions ahead of the weekend given how close things are between the leading teams.
“We look in good shape, with some new parts coming as part of our constant development programme on the F10,” he said. “The last time I raced here was in 2008 and it's not just because I won the race that I love this track. I think all the drivers look forward to racing on this fabulous circuit. It is high speed, requiring less downforce than at many of the other tracks and fortunately, in the last few races, we showed that we have returned to being very competitive, even better than we had expected.
“But it is very hard to predict what could happen, as the small differences between the top teams means that performance has been very much track specific in terms of who had the slight advantage over the rest. As usual we need to wait and see how free practice goes before knowing what to expect.”
Massa added that the team need to continue to build on its performances prior to the summer shutdown to maintain its title bid, with the Brazilian insisting that an exciting conclusion to the season lies ahead.
“There are only seven races left to go and I think that for the spectators and viewers at least, it should be a really exciting final part of the year, even if it might be a bit more tense for those of competing,” he said. “But myself and Ferrari have been in this sort of situation before and we know how to deal with the pressure, by concentrating on the job in hand.
“Now we must build on the way we ended up just before the break, being competitive and putting ourselves back in the fight.”