Ferrari's Felipe Massa has conceded that it is critical that the Scuderia do not make any more mistakes in the next few races, after Team McLaren-Mercedes extended its advantage in Canada and the USA, thanks to Lewis Hamilton's victory double.

Despite slipping further back though in the race for the drivers' and constructors' championships, Felipe doesn't believe that it is over. Indeed he is confident they can fight back, beginning next weekend at the French Grand Prix, the eighth round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

"Looking back at the last two races, if it had not been for that problem in Montreal [when I was excluded], then the championship would still be completely open. Now, it is still open, but not looking quite so straightforward and we have to be careful not to make any mistakes," he explained.

"If you look at the recent past championships, sometimes we had two weekends better than Renault and sometimes it was the other way round. The competition was very close right to the end of the season.

"This time, even if our rivals have been better than us over the past couple of races, I think we can fight back and that is what we have been working towards back at the factory and over the past three days at Silverstone.

"I think we have some good ideas for the next upcoming races, which can change the situation. But we have to ensure we make no more mistakes and it would be nice to think it is time for our rivals to make some mistakes to give us a bit of breathing space."

Asked again about the two events in North America, Massa added that while Canada is still a sore point, he was happy with third place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"When you look back to Canada, maybe we were not quite as quick as the McLarens, but in the race I was ahead of [Fernando] Alonso and maybe I could have finished on the podium, which would have been a good result, even if it had not been possible to win," he continued.

"Our aim there was to get as many points as possible, even if we could not match the pace of our competitor.

"But what happened there, when I was basically disqualified because of missing a light, which cannot be seen as a dangerous thing, I still find hard to deal with. But let's forget about that now. As for Indy, we looked slightly more competitive, if not quite on the pace of our rivals. Finishing on the podium was not a complete disaster..."

Like most of the teams, Ferrari conducted a three-day test at Silverstone last week and while Massa only did one of the days, he was happy with the progress made.

"At Silverstone, we tried a new aero package and I immediately felt it was working well and I was very happy with the balance of my F2007," he summed-up.

"Magny Cours and the French Grand Prix could be a good weekend for us. Last year, I finished on the podium and it was the start of a good run for me in the second half of the championship as things started to come right for us."

 

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