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Pre-Hungary analysis - Massa ‘here to win’ 30 Jul 2010

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari meets the doctors and marshals who saved his life following his qualifying crash at last year's Hungarian GP.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 29 July 2010 (L to R): Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari General Director with Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 29 July 2010 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 29 July 2010 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/25 leads team mate Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4/25.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, 25 July 2010 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren sign autographs for the fans.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 29 July 2010

No sooner had he had visited with the marshals who helped to rescue him here last year, than Felipe Massa found himself embroiled in further argument over the events of Hockenheim last week, and defending himself against accusations that he is now the number-two driver at Ferrari.

“There’s no real point in going back to last weekend,” he insisted. “We need to think about the present. I think we have spoken a lot about what’s happened in the last race. So yes, I will fight for victory here in whatever conditions.

“For sure I am not working for my team mate. I’m working for the team and we know how important it is to work for the team. I think you remember very well what has happened in the past, no? In 2007. You remember very well what’s happened in 2008, no? So I don’t think you really have to go through all the points. For sure, if the team really has the chance to win the championship I want the best for the team.”

He said that he has spoken to the key players within Ferrari. “I’m not here really just to race, I’m here to win. That’s really my point. As long as I am in the condition to win, we need to go to the end, to fight for victory. As long as the condition is different then I definitely want the best for the team. I work for the team, I’m professional and I think everybody needs to understand my point.

“The time when I say I am number-two driver I will not race any more. So I am not. To be honest, all of you are trying to put words in my mouth. I have my thinking and will not really go through all these points, because it’s not the case.”

Asked if he would do the same thing and let Fernando Alonso past if he found himself leading a Ferrari one-two again, he replied: “I will win.”

Meanwhile Lewis Hamilton, the championship leader, told reporters yesterday that he believes McLaren’s MP4-25 is only the third-fastest car, behind the Red Bull and the Ferrari.

"I’ve said since Valencia, since they had their upgrade, that Ferrari are faster than us," he said. "Even though it didn't show in that race weekend and it didn't show in Silverstone, they have been faster than us for a while.

"We have been the third-fastest team for some time now, and we still are. We have to work our backsides off to catch them and keep getting our upgrade parts.

"At the moment we are still behind. Of course it is a concern - but we are still leading the championship and we can still get great results and still score good points until we get that next step. Then hopefully we can bag some even better points."

He of all people, however, knows how quickly a seemingly healthy points tally can be wiped out under the new scoring system, as he came back strongly himself from Monaco onwards.

"It seems a lot of points, and 14 points in the old system was beautiful. But it’s like 2.5 or three points under the old system, so I have to keep pushing. I am happy I am out in front, but I would rather be there at the end of the year. I have to stay focused and as a team we have to keep pushing hard on development."

David Tremayne