Ferrari's Felipe Massa has warned they will need to keep working hard if they are to come out top this season in the battle for the drivers' and constructors' championships.

Massa took his second win in succession on Sunday in Barcelona after a dominant drive in his Ferrari F2007. The Brazilian though isn't getting carried away, especially as he still lies behind McLaren-Mercedes duo, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, in the race for the 2007 drivers' title.

"What is unusual is that after three poles and two wins in a row, I am still only third in the championship. It shows we are moving in the right direction and that we have the momentum, but it also shows we need to keep working hard," he stated. "I am the driver with the most wins and poles at the moment, but we need to have our feet on the ground and keep pushing, because the whole championship is going to be very tight.

"If you look at the second (Q2) part of qualifying in Barcelona, where it is easiest to see which car is really quickest, then it is clear how close it is between us. The advantage is not so big.

"But I have to say that, in the race, with our car and set-up and how we manage the tyres, as well as having a great strategy, we had a better package than McLaren. This doesn't mean we have a real advantage, so we need to keep improving the car."

Asked which of the two McLaren drivers' is his biggest threat, Felipe responded that while it is difficult to split Alonso and Hamilton currently, he will be keeping a close eye on the latter.

"It is Hamilton who leads right now and I have spoken quite a bit to him: he is definitely strong and is not bothered by pressure. At the moment, you cannot say that Fernando or him are the better driver, but if the situation continues like this, then maybe Lewis can even be more dangerous than Fernando, given his championship position and how he goes in the car," Massa explained. "At the moment he seems more comfortable in the car than Fernando. We need to keep an eye on that, because he can be a dangerous threat."

As for the event in Spain itself, Massa said he couldn't have asked for more from the weekend, especially as he managed to not only secure the win and the maximum ten points, but he also took the pole position and set the fastest lap.

"I think Barcelona was another perfect weekend for me in every way; the way we approached the job, the way practice went and also qualifying. In fact qualifying on pole was a very important preparation for the race, because even with the new chicane, it was still not that easy to overtake," he continued. "So it was very good for me to start from the front.

"Sure, it turned out to be a tight battle at the first corner, as everyone could see. What happened there showed that I am not scared of being aggressive and that I can be a fighter. I know I am up against some very tough opposition, so this proved that I can be tough too. And then, the way I drove after the start shows that after what happened in a similar situation in Malaysia, I am able to learn a little bit and move forward.

"I think it was meant to be my day, because even with the fire on my car as I drove out after the first pit stop, nothing was going to stop me! Actually, at the time, I never saw the fire, as I was looking straight ahead.

"That was a good thing for me and the first I knew about it was when the journalists asked me in the press conference after the race. It was one of those things where it is definitely better to know about it after it has happened!

"All-in-all I would never say it was an easy race, but it was quite controlled, once the excitement of the start was over."

 

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