Felipe Massa has said that he will put his trust in the Ferrari team's ability to improve the F2007 before the Formula One season returns to Europe, after admitting that he is worried by the gap that McLaren is beginning to establish at the head of both championships.

Once again, the Brazilian had to settle for the third step of the podium behind both silver cars at the US Grand Prix, claiming that it was not possible to stay with either Lewis Hamilton or Fernando Alonso after the opening few laps of the race.

"In the first stint, I was maybe a bit closer [than in Canada], but they were pulling away slowly, lap by lap, going three tenths quicker, and then it was difficult for me to follow," he reported, "Lewis was going away quite quickly, and I couldn't push so much because I started sliding around. I also lost a lot of ground when they came in. On my in-lap, I was in traffic and I lost maybe more than one second. Then, after I stopped, I was also behind some cars going out of the pit, so there I lost quite important time there too."

Despite the obvious frustration of seeing his climb back into championship contention blunted in recent races, Massa insisted that the Ferrari team had the ability to turn the situation around, hopefully in time for the return to Europe, at Magny-Cours, in two weeks' time.

"We are going to work a lot in these two weeks to try to improve the car, to try and understand what we couldn't make and McLaren could," he revealed, "I think that is the best way to approach the next weeks, by working very hard.

"The [constructors'] championship is not as close as the drivers' points, but we need to keep fighting, we need to keep improving the car and I think we have a good team to do that. We had some problems in the past and we improved that here, so we have to do the same.

"We don't like to be behind. Of course, when you see your competitors in front, you are always a bit worried, but we need to be together to improve and I trust my team. I know we can do it, I know we have the possibilities to do it. For sure we are not comfortable, that's clear, but we will keep working."



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