Having been written off in some quarters following the opening two races of the season, Felipe Massa has quietly moved himself into contention for the world championship - and currently holds the upper hand at Ferrari.

Much was made, pre-season, about Kimi Raikkonen's arrival at Maranello, and how it would impact on the balance of power within the team. The Finn duly won the first race and took a second podium finish in Malaysia to leave Massa behind in the points race, but back-to-back wins in Bahrain and Spain, allied to an early retirement for his team-mate in Barcelona, have elevated Massa to third in the standings behind the two McLaren drivers.

Despite his improved position, however, the Brazilian refused to discuss whether that would confer any preferential treatment from the Scuderia, which has said that it will allow its two drivers to go head-to-head for the title this season.

"To try to make more points...," Massa said when asked what his Spanish win meant for the immediate future, "Just to try and work hard and make points. To keep working and doing the job, that's it.

"I think the job this weekend was fantastic. Unfortunately, Kimi had a problem, as I am sure we had a very good car and it was possible to finish first and second. I think the job done in the factory and at the track was very good - we just need to keep that job going. That we finished with just one car is a concern. We need to improve and make everything right, so that we finish the race with both cars. The consistency of both cars is very important in the championship. We need to keep improving - if McLaren finish every race with both cars, that is very important."

 

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