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Massa predicts tighter battle

Felipe Massa predicts a close battle between McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull through the remainder of the F1 season
Felipe Massa says he feels the battle between Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull will get closer when the F1 season resumes this weekend in Belgium.

After Sebastian Vettel dominated the early part of the season, Ferrari and McLaren appeared to close the gap in the races leading up to the summer break although the defending champion retains a large championship lead having only finished off the podium once this year.

Although Massa has yet to make it onto the podium in 2011, the Brazilian's team-mate Fernando Alonso has won once and been on the podium six times in total and Massa said he felt that his own team and rivals McLaren would only grow stronger in the upcoming races.

"I believe Ferrari and McLaren will be even more competitive in the coming races," he told O Estado de S.Paulo. "I can not imagine that Red Bull can go back to having their advantage of the first races."

Massa's problems so far this season have been down in no small part to the fact that he has struggled to deal with the harder compound Pirelli tyres.

However, the hard compound won't be used again in 2011 which Massa hopes will lead to an upturn in results.

"I have suffered a bit with the harder tyres,” he said, “so it is encouraging to know that they will no longer be used for the rest of the championship."



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Ducatio - Unregistered

August 25, 2011 5:35 PM

The fact that he should have won the 2008 title without GLock moving over in Brazil 2008, tells us how overated Hamilton truly is. Barely beating Massa. What a joke. Schumacher or Alonso or even Hakkinen would have demolished Massa in a title fight.



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