Massa: "Valencia -- good memories for me" Valencia, 24 June -- It takes a major event to change the Scuderia's timetable at a race, but this afternoon, Felipe Massa's regular Thursday press meeting was delayed until the half time whistle in the...
Massa: "Valencia -- good memories for me"
Valencia, 24 June -- It takes a major event to change the Scuderia's timetable at a race, but this afternoon, Felipe Massa's regular Thursday press meeting was delayed until the half time whistle in the Italy -- Slovakia game, as most of the journalists could not be dragged away from the TV screens. Sadly, despite a last minute thrilling and valiant fight back from the Azzuri, they will take no further part in the World Cup, having lost 3-2 to Slovakia.
Professionalism returned once the microphones were switched on and the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver was quizzed about his thoughts on this weekend's ninth round of the world championship. "We have some new parts on the car, on the aerodynamic front, the floor and the bodywork and a new exhaust system, so I hope the result is a step forward for the F10, which will allow us to get to closer to the teams currently ahead of us," began the Brazilian. "There are still many races to go and at every one, it is very important to score more points than our competitors, but no way is this weekend our last chance to fight for the title. The points gap is not as big as it looks and we have seen that everything can change in just a couple of races, which means the championship is still completely open. I think this can be a good track for us, as we had a strong car in Canada, especially in the race, but also in qualifying and I expect it to be even stronger at this circuit. This weekend it will be very important as always to qualify well on Saturday. Tomorrow's free practice will be important, as apart from the usual job of understanding how the tyres work and how the fuel loads affect the car's behaviour, we will also be testing the new updates to see what performance they produce, so there will be a lot of work to do."
When Felipe goes out to start that first free practice session, it will the first time he has driven here for two years: "A track where you have won is always special and in 2008, I won having started from pole so it has good memories for me. Unfortunately, last year I could not take part, but my target is to try and repeat my 2008 victory. That is the main thought on my mind."