Felipe Massa says he is determined to secure a return to the top of the F1 podium before the end of the current season.
The Brazilian last won an F1 race back in the 2008 season finale in Brazil and hasn't even finished on the podium since the inaugural Korean GP back in October last year.
Team-mate Fernando Alonso has taken six podium finishes so far in 2011 – including a win at Silverstone – to sit fourth in the championship and with team boss Stefano Domenicali calling on Ferrari to push hard for race victories through the rest of the year, Massa said he was determined to return to winning ways himself before the season comes to an end.
“Now we come to the final eight races of the season, which means there is still a lot of racing ahead of us and I agree with Domenicali that, as a team, we should simply try and win as many races as possible and score plenty of points, without looking too closely at the championship situation,” he said. “Certainly from a personal point of view, my most immediate aim is to try and record my first victory of this year. It's not going to be an easy few months, but we are certainly not going to give up.”
Massa's first chance to take his twelfth F1 victory will come this weekend at Spa – a circuit where he has won in the past – and the Brazilian said he was confident of a strong weekend in Belgium.
Writing on Ferrari's official website, Massa also backed the decision taken by the FIA to ban DRS through Eau Rouge this weekend on safety grounds.
“Work was carried out before the break to prepare for the next two races in Belgium and in Italy and we will be bringing some aero updates to Spa, including new wings to try out,” he said. “Everything seems to be going in the direction we expected, so I hope we can have a good weekend. Like most drivers, I love driving at Spa and I have some good memories of winning there in 2008, finishing second the year before that, while last year I was just off the podium in fourth spot. I will be aiming for a repeat of 2008!
“I have been following the discussion regarding the use of DRS at the Eau Rouge corner and I think banning its use there for the whole weekend is the right decision: as racing drivers, we would always try and use DRS there and that could lead to an accident, because of the particular nature of the corner. So, just as was the case in the tunnel in Monaco, I think this is the best solution.”