Felipe Massa has said that while he is generally happy with his season, reliability has cost him the chance to go for the title and challenge McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso for the drivers' crown.

Thus far this season the Brazilian has managed to notch up 80 points - but problems in Australia, Britain and Italy have left him further back than he would ideally have liked and now ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix he is no longer in the running, 27 points adrift of Hamilton.

Furthermore while Massa's team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen remains in with a shout, with a 17 point deficit to Lewis, his challenge looks more or less over as well.

"I think basically it has been a good championship - very good from the beginning until now," he told Bridgestone's latest Racing all over the World Formula 1 podcast recently.

"For sure I have been happy with many of the races. I have taken three victories, five pole positions and some fastest laps in the races too.

"The result [in terms of the championship] might have been slightly different now however if we hadn't had so many technical problems, which caused us to lose some points. But overall I am quite happy with the way we have done the championship."

Asked about the two remaining races in China and Brazil he noted that they will be 'very challenging': "It won't be easy, but we are looking forward to trying to have some good results and trying to put Ferrari at the front," he continued.

As for the season finale at Interlagos, which will of course be Felipe's home race, he can't wait to get there, especially as he won the event in 2006 - taking what was then only his second victory at the pinnacle of the sport.

"For sure it is nice to be home and to race in front of your people. That is really fantastic. Winning in Brazil was the best feeling and I am looking forward to having another great weekend. Hopefully we can have another fight for the victory. That would be fantastic for me - and for the whole Brazilian people as well," he summed-up.

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