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Massa: I’m used to pressure

Felipe Massa says he can deal with the pressure he is under to keep his role at Ferrari

Felipe Massa insists that he the pressure he is under to retain his drive with Ferrari for the 2013 F1 season is nothing new – with the Brazilian hoping that a strong finish to the current campaign will allow him to secure his future with the team.

Massa has endured a difficult season to date and has been comprehensively out-performed by team-mate Fernando Alonso. While the Spaniard leads the championship on 164 points and has won on three occasions, Massa is down in 14th spot with just 25 points to his name and a best finish of fourth.

That means Massa's wretched run without a podium finish continues, with his last top three finish coming in Korea back in 2010.

The lack of results has led to plenty of speculation that Massa will be replaced next year when his current deal has come to an end, but he insisted that the extra pressure he finds himself under isn't anything new.

"Many people seem to think this is the first time it has happened to me, but it is not," he was quoted by TotalRace.com.br. "This has happened many times [in my career], even before I was racing in Formula One when if I did not win the race I had no money for the next.

"Every year there is something we have to deal with and get over and this year I'm preparing and concentrating as much as possible to have a better second half of the championship."



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Firestorm - Unregistered

August 21, 2012 10:24 AM

Is very clear that he is underperforming. But give him a break, the car has not been very good and witha team-mate like Alonso....Be resonable, Alonso would be leading now even if he drove a Red Bull, McLaren or a Lotus, because the field is very close now and he(Alonso) is undoubtely the best driver currently.



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