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Massa hopeful of a Ferrari revival in Monte Carlo 21 May 2009

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari with the media.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Preparations, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Wednesday, 20 May 2009 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2008.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 25 May 2008 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2009 makes a pit stop.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 10 May 2009 (L to R): Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren and Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 25 May 2008 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Preparations, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Wednesday, 20 May 2009

But for a slip in the rain at Ste Devote last year, Felipe Massa might have won the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix. This year he is more determined than ever to make a statement by pushing Ferrari back in front to kickstart his world championship challenge. Thus far Ferrari’s reliability has been poor, but he insists that does not worry him this weekend.

“No, no, I’m very confident. I think we can do a good job. What happened to my car, especially in the last race, was something that I never saw before. We had the fuel in the car but the car was reading wrong numbers, so the refuelling machine was putting the right fuel in, it was reading the right numbers of the amount of fuel that went inside but the car was saying to the engineers, to the telemetry, that all the fuel was not inside. Then we changed the refuelling machine, we did exactly the same thing, and we again had the wrong numbers, so maybe I saved fuel for nothing.”

Having eventually finished third last year, he admits that a podium position is important now.

“I hope for sure. The last race we took a big step forward. We were very competitive during the race. I know we had a problem at the end of it but at least with the pace point of view we took a big step forward. Here is a very different track compared to tracks we have had until now. So many things can be different here because of the layout, so I think it is a little bit different for everybody. Sometimes you will see cars which are a little bit more competitive in one track but less in others. I hope our car can be as competitive as we were in the last race here. Also I hope we can have a very good race, start in a good shape and finish in a good shape. What happened in the last race was really a shame.

“For sure this is a very technical track. The way you drive here is different than other tracks. Usually you need to anticipate the corners as you are getting to them and some corners you have understeer and some you have oversteer. The corners you have understeer you need to anticipate because if you are turning in the right place as if it was a normal corner maybe you lose a little bit of the apex, so you need to anticipate to get very close to the wall but not touch it. So it is different driving here. It is also very important for the concentration. It is a huge factor in this race.”

And the chance of that podium he covets?

“Well, I hope we can have a great race as we have had in the last two years,” added the Brazilian. “Especially last year; it was really, really good. We had a fantastic car and fantastic pace here. I made pole position with two laps more fuel, so it was one of the best poles of my career. The race was a big lottery, unfortunately, but I think we were very strong. I hope we can be strong as well and having a car to fight.”