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Massa: Raikkonen and I are not friends.

Felipe Massa has revealed that he and Kimi Raikkonen are far from friends away from the circuit in Formula 1, adding that he expects no help from the Finn as he endeavours to defeat McLaren-Mercedes rival and world championship leader Lewis Hamilton for the 2008 drivers' crown.

Raikkonen may be the sport's defending title-winner, but Massa – currently 20 points ahead of his team-mate and just a single marker adrift of Hamilton in the standings with four races left to run – is irrefutably Ferrari's principal hope for glory twelve months on.

Though there have been a number of suggestions that now is the time for the Scuderia to place all of its eggs in the Brazilian's basket, Massa is adamant he is fighting his own battles – and that his relationship with the driver of the sister F2008 is strictly professional

“Whether I do it (win the championship) or not is completely separate to what Kimi or anyone else does,” the 27-year-old told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. “I am sitting in the car; I am the one who wins races or makes mistakes. It is my game.

“We work with each other and want Ferrari to be world champion, but we are not friends; we have no private relationship. If we are together in a meeting, when it is finished he opens the door and is gone.”

Massa added that he is much closer to his previous team-mate Michael Schumacher – now a Ferrari advisor and a man he describes as being 'like an older brother' – and again underlined his conviction that he can be world champion this year.

“Otherwise I should not even be sitting in a Ferrari,” he quipped.


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henry - Unregistered

September 16, 2008 4:04 PM

i like massa, hes not moaning, like he said at the end of the day its up to him if he wins or looses, over his 3 years at ferrari hes developed a lot and people perhaps dont give him as much credit as he might deserve because of his reputation in the early days, i hope he does win the championship, i recon it couldnt happen to a nicer guy, of all the guys in conention he is the nicest one, kimi is distant and cold whereas hamilton seemed very arrogant after monza 'oh sedbastien won...'



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