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Strong Spa showing boosts Massa's hopes for 2013

Felipe Massa hopes a strong performance at Spa, where he finished in fifth after team mate Fernando Alonso was wiped out at the first corner, will boost his chances of a new contract at Ferrari.
The absence of Fernando Alonso from the Belgian Grand Prix after the first corner accident at La Source meant that Ferrari's focus at Spa was on Felipe Massa, and he's hoping that a strong run from 14th in qualifying to fifth place at the chequered flag will help his case for staying at Maranello for another season.

"I don't know if this race changes anything regarding my future, but I am very satisfied," said Massa after the race.

"It was a nice race and fifth place is a great result, if you think of where I started," he added. "At the start, I managed to pass both Red Bulls, but then I had to move right over to the left side to avoid the tangle of cars that included Fernando and I lost almost all the ground I had made up in the opening metres."

The leading cars of Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher were attempting a one-stop strategy, but that didn't work out for Schumacher who had to come in for a late second stop after all.

Massa said that Ferrari had never regarded that strategy as a viable one for them and so joined the two-stopped that included Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Hulkenberg, who finished just ahead of Massa in third and fourth place.

"The one stop option was not practicable for us," he insisted. "We made the right choice, managing to be very quick when we really needed to be."

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali agreed that Massa had driven "a great race" at Spa, adding: "We are happy for him, because a good result is just what was required at this point of the season."

"A great race from Felipe, who staged a strong climb up the order with some nice passing moves," added the team's technical director Pat Fry.

Massa added that he was looking forward to next weekend, when Ferrari will be competing in their home Grand Prix at Monza.

"It would be wonderful to be competitive [at our home race] and get a great result in front of our fans who, I'm sure of it, will show us their passionate support," said Massa. "The track is different to all the others and so it is very difficult to predict what the hierarchy might be among the teams."

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01.09.2012- Free Practice 3, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
01.09.2012- Qualifying, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
02.09.2012- Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
02.09.2012- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Rob Smedley, (GBR), Scuderia Ferrari, Track Engineer of Felipe Massa (BRA)
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
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Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H

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September 03, 2012 5:26 PM

@Priaulx2 - indeed. This changes nothing. To keep his seat he will need multiple wins between now and season's end. For comparitive purposes, here are his results vs his team mate in the same car - Massa - 4 podiums since start of 2010, last podium was 3rd, 33 races ago (Korea 2010). Alonso - 25 podiums since start of 2010 including nine wins. Massa - 153 points in 2011 and 2012 so far. Alonso - 421 points in same time. Nearly three times the points scored. This is all in the same equipment. I mean, come on...

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September 03, 2012 2:20 PM

Strong performance??? What rubbish! Sure he finished 5th, but look at the number of faster cars that were eliminated or damaged in that first lap crash. Right off the bat that's 6 places gained. Add to that Schumacher had gearbox issues and Rosberg started back in 23rd position. Massa finished behind Hulkenberg in the Force India for crying out loud.

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