Felipe Massa has rubbished suggestions the Scuderia will struggle this weekend in Hungary.
The Brazilian reckons talk the Ferrari
F138 won't suit the tight and twisty Hungaroring
is premature and he is hopeful they can be competitive and get a good result in Budapest, scene of the tenth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship.
“People say the characteristics of our car are not best suited to this circuit and that it will be tough for us to fight for the win here, but I am not sure this is an accurate assessment, because there have been other circuits where we expected our car to be very strong and it was not and vice versa,” he told Ferrari's official website.
“The important thing will be to get a good understanding of exactly how the car is reacting as quickly as possible. The circuit requires as much downforce as possible, because the speed down the straight is not so important here.
“You need a car that is very stable and that is kind to the tyres to avoid degradation. I think we can be competitive, so I'm hoping our weekend goes in the opposite way to what people are expecting.”
Massa meanwhile is determined to do well after a difficult sequence of four races, which has seen him score just twelve points and which saw him spin out early on in Germany earlier this month.
“The most important thing is always the race result and I hope this weekend will deliver that for me, as the last couple of races have not been so successful,” he continued. “There was always something happening which meant I couldn't finish as high up as I should have done.
“Therefore what I would like most of all is to turn things around, because going on holiday with a good result under my belt would really make the difference.”
Hungary was of course the scene of the accident that almost claimed Massa's life back in 2009, when he was struck on the helmet by a piece of suspension that had flown off the Brawn GP
of compatriot Rubens Barrichello
in qualifying. Despite that though, Massa insists he is happy to go to there.
“The Hungarian Grand Prix
is a very special event for me and it brings back a lot of memories. Naturally, there are some negative memories from my accident, but also positive ones in that I am here today, getting ready for Budapest, healthy and still racing. I love the fans in Hungary, as I actually have a lot more of them since my accident, so it's somewhere I am always pleased to go back to and of course I hope I can have a good race there this weekend,” he concluded.