Felipe Massa has said the Scuderia is aiming to be competitive right from the start of F1 2012 and that the target is to be able to fight for wins in every single grand prix.
Massa has had a difficult 2011 and the race in front of his home fans this weekend at Interlagos will be his final chance to get onto the podium – to date this year his best finishes are load of fifth places. Despite conceding though that it has been tough in 2011, both for him and Ferrari, he added that there is a 'strong desire' to turn things around and that everyone at the Maranello-based outfit will be giving '100 percent' to ensure next year is much better.
“This year has not gone so well, but we have tackled it with our usual fighting spirit and that is what we will take forward to next year, when we hope to have a very different sort of championship to this one just ending,” Massa told the official Ferrari site.
“The intention is to be competitive right from the start, fighting for the win in every race. This has not been a fantastic season for me, but neither has it been for the team. So as a driver, I have a very strong desire which I share with the whole team to give one hundred percent to improve for next year.”
This Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos meanwhile will be extra special for Massa, as not only is it his home race, but it will also see him reach two significant milestones, including reaching a century with the Prancing Horse.
“This will be a very important weekend for me, as it will mark the end of the tenth year since I first raced in F1, although not ten years of competition, as I was a Ferrari test driver in 2003,” he explained. “Fortunately, I am still young and there is more to come, but ten years is still a landmark in an F1 driver's career.
“Then there are my six years racing for the Scuderia, competing in one hundred Grand's Prix for the team, which makes me one of the drivers who has raced the most for this team.
“Therefore, putting it all together, ten years of F1, one hundred races with Ferrari and all of it at home in Brazil, makes this something really special for me. It will be an emotional time and what I would like to add to it all would be a good result come Sunday afternoon.”
Can he get a good result this weekend and possibly repeat his Brazilian GP wins from 2006 and 2008?
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