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Ferrari star Felipe Massa has asserted that he is stronger for the experience he has gained during his decade in F1 to-date - and that he hopes to continue putting it to use 'for many years to come'
Felipe Massa has reflected that he is now a far more complete driver than the one he used to be in F1 – and revealed his desire to continue competing in the top flight 'for many years to come'.

Massa might be well out of the title fight as F1 2011 enters its final 'flyaway' home straight, and he might have been comprehensively outperformed by Ferrari team-mate and two-time world champion Fernando Alonso for the second season in succession – currently languishing a gaping 90 points adrift of the Spaniard in the standings – but he insists he is fully intent on prolonging his career on the grand prix grid for some time yet.

The Brazilian's seat at the Scuderia has been the subject of continuous speculation for several years, but Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has assured that Massa will remain at Maranello for 2012 – his seventh consecutive campaign there. Despite his distinctly patchy form over the past two seasons, the 2008 F1 World Championship runner-up is adamant that he is a stronger competitor now than he used to be.

“Felipe now, compared to Felipe then?” he mused of his fast-approaching decade in F1. “I am much more experienced, which is important. The early Felipe always wanted to be quickest on every lap, whereas experience teaches you to know when to push and when it's better to conserve the car and save the tyres. I don't know about doing another ten years, but I hope to continue for many years to come.”



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elijah

September 21, 2011 7:17 PM
Last Edited 1106 days ago

@slightlysideways "it would be intersting to know how massa's career would have turned out if Glock didn't throw in the towel .... Then Lewis wouldn't have won any titles so far and Massa would be full of confidence, unlike now... " I found your above comment a little offensive. Massa's career has nothing to do with his failure to gain the 2008 title . Massa was doing well in 2009 then: 1 At the Hungarian Grand Prix, he was hit at 160mph by a 800 gram spring, which fractured his skill, knocking him unconscious, nearly killing him ! 2 After making a steady and brave recovery his Ferrari team gave him the infamous "Fernando is faster than you" order. Talk about kicking a man when he is already down ! Massa could have been resting in a box, and deserved team support, not this confidence breaker ! If they were driving for Mclaren ,no such order would have been given. Shame on you Ferrari, and your side kick Alonso . As for Hamilton, he won the 2008 title,get over it.

jose - Unregistered

September 21, 2011 1:59 PM

Ferrari has the the right driver to hold the #2 position. His pace is not that far off Alonzo. Reliable and safe, can at times show some real race craft, far from a pushover. Nothing on the horizon about replacing him. Ferrari has 2 drivers that can produce, but the car is still a wee bit off the pace.. Jose



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