Ferrari's Felipe Massa has said that he will be doubly determined to do well at the European Grand Prix on Sunday in a bid to give his home country 'a little happiness' after the Sao Paulo air disaster earlier in the week.

Massa, who is competing with black bands on his helmet and arms, in memory of those that lost their lives - around 200 were killed - added that it is currently a 'difficult time' for Brazil, following the worst aviation crash in the country's history.

"It is a sign of mourning for the air accident that happened in Sao Paulo," he explained, when asked about the bands. "It is a difficult time for my country.

"This is the least I can do for the families who have lost loved ones. Tomorrow, I really hope I can have a good race so as to give Brazilians a little happiness after such a great tragedy."

For the record, Massa will start the event at the Nurburgring from the second row of the grid, having set the third best time in qualifying, three tenths off his team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen, who took the pole position.

Felipe conceded that he found it difficult to set a good lap after the interruption following Lewis Hamilton's big crash. He is never-the-less though confident for the race.

"In Q1 and Q2 I was very happy with the handling of the car. The break because of Hamilton's accident certainly did not help matters and maybe I lost a bit of the right feeling," he noted.

"On my final lap I was a bit slower in the first and third sectors, just by a few hundredths but it was enough to make the difference. But I am still confident because I know I have a really good car in race trim," he summed-up.

 

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