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.