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Massa: Ferrari well prepared for Melbourne

Felipe Massa: I am optimistic about our chances, based on the reliability we have shown so far and I can't wait for us to measure up against the other teams and see where we stand.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa has said he will be concentrating on doing his best in Australia this weekend.

Massa endured a difficult 2010 and now the Brazilian will be out to make a point and start the F1 2011 season on a high to try and avoid being re-cast as the number two driver to his team-mate, Fernando Alonso.

“I can't wait to get going,” Massa said in his pre-event blog on Ferrari's official website. “I'm ready to race and I think the whole team is well prepared after doing so many laps over all the days of winter testing, even more than we had planned in the end.

“The car appears to be reliable, but on its own this is not enough as the car needs to be quick too. For the moment, reliability has been good and I don't think we can complain about performance, but we won't have a clear picture until all the teams are together on track in Melbourne.

“I'm happy to be starting the season in Australia, although I am also disappointed not to be going to Bahrain from a racing point of view. I really liked going there, as the track seemed to suit me very well and also the team, because Ferrari has won so many races there.

“But, when you build an F1 car, you build it to be good at every track, so wherever the championship starts you have to go there thinking of the victory and I will be concentrating on doing my best in Melbourne, even if the Albert Park circuit has not been a very successful venue for me, or a lucky one, as I've had a few accidents there.

“Last year was better as I got my best ever result here finishing third on the podium. I hope this time we can have a great start to the season in Australia and I am optimistic about our chances.

"I can't wait for us to measure up against the other teams and see where we stand,” he concluded.

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10.03.2011- Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
10.03.2011- Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
10.03.2011- Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
10.03.2011- Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
09.03.2011- Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
11.02.2011- Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia

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new f1fan - Unregistered

March 23, 2011 11:46 PM

Alonso may well of been the better driver last year but that does'nt take away the fact of what Massa has achieved for Ferrari in the past.The way they treated him last year was terrible in my view just like the way they treated Kimi too and he even won them a title and they still kicked him out.They will lose alot of fans unless they change their ways with Massa this year and give him an equal chance to win,i feel sorry for him in a way being stuck in a team that all resolves around one person.

ads - Unregistered

March 23, 2011 5:26 PM

they do look very well prepared but sadly for felipe he does not feature in their WDC plans. he is simply there to help Alonso win which from Ferrari's point of view I can understand, but from Massa's point of view he needs to get out of there and be the number 1 driver for a lesser team. sad but true.

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