Felipe Massa has put his own personal disappointment behind him following the French Grand Prix, insisting he was pleased to see Ferrari back on the pace and so convincingly ahead of arch-rivals McLaren-Mercedes.

The Brazilian began the race from pole position and led up until lap 43, never truly appearing to be under any great threat, but he was pipped by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at the second round of pit-stops. Though he would go on to shadow the Finn all the way to the chequered flag - ultimately finishing 2.4 seconds adrift - he never again challenged for the win, even if he remains convinced he had the pace to do so.

"First of all I want to say I am happy for the team," the 24-year-old stated, "as it needed this sort of result after a difficult spell. Of course I would have wanted to win but I was delayed by traffic in the decisive phase of the race, when I knew I had to build up a bit of a lead over Kimi to stay ahead of him during the pit-stops. The way the cars are today, you start to get some turbulence from cars that are a certain distance ahead of you and so it is difficult to overtake even the slower cars if they don't really move over for you.

"My car was almost perfect and when I had a clear track ahead of me I was quickest on the circuit. In any case, we have made up ground in both championships and we must continue down this path, starting in Silverstone."

Head of track operations Luca Baldisserri was equally pleased with the result - Maranello's first one-two of the 2007 campaign - and stressed it was just reward for the hard work of everyone in the team to close the increasing gap on McLaren in recent weeks.

"It was a really great victory!" the Italian enthused. "After a strong showing in qualifying, today we had further confirmation that we are competitive in race-trim, with the F2007 running completely trouble-free. Both drivers fought it out on equal terms, only the traffic making the difference.

"We have worked so hard these past few weeks, both in the factory and on-track. This one-two shows how much Formula 1 is a sport where every detail is important if one is to be the best. We did not die in Indianapolis, so it is not a miracle that we are back today, but we worked on all areas and managed to put together all the pieces of the jigsaw to produce a perfect weekend."

 

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