Felipe Massa will benefit from an all-new Ferrari chassis ahead of this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix as he seeks to repeat his 2006 win at Istanbul Park and put his championship challenge back on track.

Although the Brazilian plays down the swap, pointing out that it is not unusual to run several different cars during a season, he admits that the change may reverse the poor fortune that has dogged him in recent races, allowing Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to take up the role of chief pursuer to Mclaren pair Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

"I will have a new chassis, which is not especially significant, as it is normal for us to change chassis after a certain number of races," he confirmed, "I have been keeping in touch with my engineer back in Italy [during the summer break] to find out how things are going and, although the team has had a chance to rest a bit, there has been a lot of hard work going on in the factory."

Despite slipping to fourth in the standings, and 21 points adrift of leader Hamilton, Massa insists that he can still be a factor in the title fight, especially if he repeats his maiden F1 success in Istanbul this weekend.

"I am really looking forward to going racing again," he said, having spent the three-week gap in the schedule in Brazil and Florida, "Turkey last year was the first time I was a race winner [in F1] and, in the space of twelve months, things have changed as I am now chasing a title. Last year, from Turkey onwards, I had a great championship, so that is an encouraging sign. As a team, we try and have a package that is competitive at every circuit, but Istanbul is the first of a series of quick tracks that I think will suit us particularly well. In fact, I like the all the tracks that are coming up now, so I hope we end the season in style.

"Of course, there is the serious side of trying to win the championships, but I have to say I am also looking forward to the enjoyment of driving an F1 car again. Turkey will always have a special significance for me, and last year is still fresh in my mind - it is a great memory and a nice feeling to be carrying that back with me to this year's race. I hope we can do it again."

 

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