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Massa feeling back to his best again

Felipe Massa might not have quite made it onto the podium at Silverstone, but there seemed little doubt that the Brazilian was close to being back to his best after a lean spell.
The British Grand Prix was surely the best performance so far this season for Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who had struggled with poor form for the first few races of 2012 but has been increasingly coming back to life ever since Monaco.

"It was a good race and I am glad to have finally brought home a good result for me and for the team," beaming as widely as if he'd made it onto the podium rather than just being squeezed out by his team mate Fernando Alonso and the two Red Bulls.

"Race after race, the situation has been improving and now we are capable of fighting for the podium," he insisted. "It might have happened here, but it could also have been possible in Montreal and Valencia, which means that today's performance is not a fluke."

Massa got past Sebastian Vettel off the line, and had a fun time in the early stages of the race holding Vettel back while simultaneously duelling with his 2006 Ferrari team mate Michael Schumacher.

"I got a good start and then there was long and close duel with Michael and I lost some time behind him," Massa described. "Vettel benefited from that, managing to get past me in the run of pit stops."

After that, the similarity of pace between the Red Bull and Ferrari meant that Massa had little chance of recovering the podium place before the chequered flag, and had to focus instead don new threats from behind.

"In the final stint, I concentrated mainly on defending my position against Kimi who was coming back at me very quickly," he said. "Maybe if there had been a few more laps, he would have managed to get by."

Massa's prominent resurgence in the last few races seem to have quelled much of the speculation about his place in the team in 2013.

"Is it enough to confirm my place at Ferrari? I don't see any reason why that could not happen [if] the results come," he said. "We must continue to push, as we have done over these past few months and then, I'm sure the results will come."





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08.07.2012- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
08.07.2012- Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
07.07.2012- Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 pole position and Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
07.07.2012- Free Practice 3, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
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Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
press conference with Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 , Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
press conference with:
Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22 
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 
Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes AMG F1 W05 
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
Shell Eco Marathon, with Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
Shell Eco Marathon with Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
Shell Eco Marathon with Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
Pat Fry (GBR), Technical Director (Chassis), Scuderia Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
Shell Eco Marathon with Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
Shell Eco Marathon with Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T

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JRC - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 11:28 AM

Maybe ( and hopefully ) Felipe has "got his head together" and has sorted out whatever the demons were that have stopped him performing to his true potential so far this year. Many people seem to have forgotten that the only reason that Felipe wasn't WDC is because Timo Glock moved over to let Cry-Baby Hamilton past...



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