Felipe Massa has said that he and Ferrari will need to keep improving and keep pushing now if they are to come back at McLaren and put the Woking-based team and its drivers' under pressure.

Massa took the best result possible in Turkey last weekend, when he came out top in the 12th round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

The result moved him up to third in the drivers' championship, one point ahead of his team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen and it also helped him close the gap to Lewis Hamilton, who leads and is 15 points in front in his MP4-22.

"When you win, it always brings an important boost," the Brazilian stated in his latest blog. "After I won in Turkey last year, I know I improved a lot mentally.

"Now we just need to keep improving, to keep pushing hard, this win has certainly made me even more committed to do that over the last few races.

"Before the next race, I am doing some testing at Monza and then we will have Ferrari's home race at the same track the following weekend. It will be a very important moment in the championship."

Asked again about his win at Istanbul Park, which was where he took his maiden Formula 1 triumph a year ago, Felipe said it was a 'good result'.

"As I said on Sunday night after the race, the Istanbul track is becoming a good place for me and definitely something special after two consecutive wins and two pole positions: special can be the only word," he continued.

"From a team point of view, it was the best possible result too, as we secured maximum points with a one-two finish.

"It is particularly good to have these Turkish successes as part of my F1 record, because I think this track is highly regarded from a driving point of view. I feel that the track is comparable to Spa and to Suzuka, in other words it is a 'real' drivers circuit.

"I also like Spa and Suzuka. Last year in Japan I was on pole and was going well until I had a puncture and, in the past, I also had some very good results in Spa. I like these kinds of circuits and really perform well at them.

"In Turkey, Saturday's qualifying was also very good. I got a great lap in which I got the most out of the car, especially when you consider I was not at all on an aggressive strategy in terms of fuel load.

"In the race my car was much better on the hard Bridgestone tyres, but importantly, it was still good on the softer rubber. During the race, I felt pretty much okay physically, even though it was very hot, with no particular problems right the way through to the end of the event.

"As for concentration, I had no time to relax as there was someone right behind me, pushing hard for the whole race, lap after lap. That meant I had to push hard also and when you do that, you can end up making a mistake and that's what happened when I did make a slight error in the final stint. I had to concentrate and push hard every lap."

Despite his win in Turkey though, his third of the season, Massa is aware that if he wants to take the drivers' crown this season, victories alone might not be enough to secure it.

"At the moment, all four of us at the top of the Drivers' championship have each won three races and it is quite possible that at the end of the season, I might have won more races than the others and still not be champion and it is also true for the other three drivers.

"We know that victory on its own is not enough and we have to be consistent throughout the year which has not always been the case for us this season. But we still have five races to go," he summed-up.

 

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