Felipe Massa has admitted that neither Ferrari nor McLaren should be holding back in their pursuit of this year's world titles, as he gears up to get his championship challenge back on track with victory in the British Grand Prix.

Buoyed by Ferrari's 1-2 result in last weekend's French round, but disappointed not to have turned pole position into victory after being passed by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at the second set of pit-stops, Massa insisted that neither team could afford to be conservative as the season moves into its second half.

Responding to suggestions that McLaren may not have shown its full hand at Magny-Cours, the Brazilian retorted by telling the Woking team to look at the result of the race and ask themselves if 'being conservative' was the right decision.

"We were not conservative and we won - and that's what counts," he pointed out, "Maybe, in some races, we were not very strong and they won and now they have more points than us. We need to be in front of them in most of the races, and that's it. It doesn't matter what you say, it matters what you do on the track. That's why we're working so hard to try to improve the car every day. In a championship like this, you cannot be conservative, in whatever race. Sometimes you can make mistakes by not being conservative, but that's the way it is."

Massa has a good record at Silverstone, having always managed to get his car to the chequered flag, but has yet to better fifth in the British Grand Prix. That is a record he hopes to put straight when the F1 circus rolls up at a soggy Silverstone this weekend.

"Hopefully, it will be better this time," he smiled, "I think, last year, if I remember well, we had a good car here in testing, but maybe brought the wrong tyres [for the race], and our car was not one hundred per cent competitive. But, this year, our car is working very well on this kind of track - and the tyres are the same for everybody - so I am really looking forward to having a great weekend. I always finish the race here and, although I've never had a fantastic position - especially the last year - I really hope that we can really fight for first position here [this time].

"We had a very, very good race at Magny-Cours, where the car was competitive and the feeling is the same [for Silverstone]. I'm really looking forward to having a good weekend here and having the same car we had in Magny-Cours. Last week was very, very good."

Asked whether recent news concerning the leak of information from Ferrari to arch-rival McLaren would have any effect on his chances this weekend, Massa refused to comment.

"I have nothing to say about that - I am here to drive," he insisted, "There are many things going on, but my job is to drive the car. If you need any information about that, ask the team."

 

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