18 July 2012
Massa aiming for fifth or sixth in drivers' championship
Felipe Massa: That might be a difficult target to achieve, but you always need to set yourself a hard challenge...
Felipe Massa has said he wants to try and fight back to finish fifth or sixth in the F1 2012 drivers' championship.
The Brazilian had a dismal start to the year and it wasn't until Bahrain, the fourth race of the season that he opened his account. While he has since enjoyed better races and was a very encouraging fourth at Silverstone two weeks ago, he is currently only 13th in the standings with just 23 points on the board, 60 points behind Lotus driver, Kimi Raikkonen, who is fifth and 52 points off Nico Rosberg, who lies sixth.
Despite the deficit though, the Ferrari man insists he likes a challenge, even if it could be mission impossible: “For sure, the Drivers' is still important to me. Looking at where I was just before Silverstone, I am aware that are a lot of points still available over the coming eleven races. It is very important for me and I want to fight to get back into the top six or top five,” he told Ferrari's official website ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix.
“That might be a difficult target to achieve, but you always need to set yourself a hard challenge. In addition, the Constructors' Championship is very important to us and the better I do in the Drivers' the more I help Ferrari.”
As for the coming weekend, Massa is taking nothing for granted: “I am looking forward to going back to Hockenheim after a year's break. It's an interesting track and I have finished on the podium there twice before and, as the F2012 continues to improve, we can hope to be competitive this weekend, although this championship has been so hard to predict, therefore we cannot be really sure what to expect until we start driving there,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the 31-year-old remains convinced that if he keeps performing like he did over the British Grand Prix weekend, then that should be enough to ensure he remains at the top level in 2013.
“The only thing that is important for me is that I keep performing in the same way I did in Silverstone,” he underlined. “In the two Grand's Prix prior to that, in Montreal and Valencia, I should have been entirely capable of finishing in the top five or on the podium, but for various reasons – a spin in Montreal and a problem with the floor of the car in Valencia - that did not happen. Without that, since Monaco, I would have been fighting for the top five at every race. I'm sure that driving the way I am now is the only thing I can do and need to do to ensure my future.
“What happens in the drivers' market [such as Mark Webber signing for Red Bull] does not have a significant effect on my position.
“If I carry on performing the way I did in Silverstone, then I don't feel too worried about my future,” he concluded.
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