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Massa unmoved by Silverstone praise 16 Jul 2007

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari Formula One Testing, 10-12 July 2007, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. World © Moy/Sutton David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing RB3 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2007 battle.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 8 July 2007 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2007 (Left) passes Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota TF107.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 8 July 2007 Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1.07 leads Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2007.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 8 July 2007

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa has downplayed the adulation he received after his sterling drive from the back of the grid at the British Grand Prix. Massa, who eventually finished the Silverstone race in fifth, believes that in terms of his own title challenge, the result was disappointing.

“When I finished the race, even if I had delivered a fantastic performance, I could not be happy,” explained the Brazilian to Ferrari’s official website. “It was a race where I should have been fighting for the win. When you look at the championship situation and how competitive it is this year, then when you see so many points escaping from you, it's not possible to be happy when you look at things in terms of the championship.”

Although he qualified in P4, Massa was forced to start the British race from the pit lane after his F2007 stalled on the grid. Quickly moving up the field with a series of impressive overtaking manoeuvres, Massa successfully picked off several big names on his determined charge. However, unable to get past the fourth-placed BMW Sauber of Robert Kubica, he eventually had to settle for four points.

“Looking back at Silverstone, some people have suggested to me it was one of my best drives and I guess they could be right, but only in one way,” he added. “It might have be one of my best drives, it might have entertained the crowd but I cannot consider it one of my best races at the moment. The feeling inside was all about the frustration at losing points.”

Perhaps the most difficult thing for Massa to swallow is that for the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix in May, he trails team mate Kimi Raikkonen in the standings. Raikkonen’s Silverstone win saw the Finn overtake the Brazilian with 52 points to 51, putting them third and fourth respectively.