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Exclusive - Massa & Fisichella on 2006 01 Nov 2006

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari celebrates his first win in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Turkish Grand Prix, Race, Istanbul Park, Turkey, 27 August 2006 Race winner Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Renault on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, 19 March 2006 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R26 repasses Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Renault R26.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Chinese Grand Prix, Race, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, 1 October 2006 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F248 spins and just misses Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R26 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 12 March 2006 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari 248 F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, 17 March 2006

While their team mates were busy fighting for the title, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Renault’s Giancarlo Fisichella were equally engrossed in a bitter struggle for third place. Virtually neck and neck for much of the season (the gap between the pair never stretching beyond 10 points), it was only Massa’s dominance at his home race which sealed the deal in favour of the Brazilian. Here both men review their seasons…

Felipe Massa, Ferrari
Championship position: 3rd (80 points)
Wins 2, Poles 3, Fastest laps 2

“It was definitely a fantastic feeling for me to win the first Grand Prix of my career in F1 in Turkey. It definitely gave me a lot more motivation, and I was really improving a lot at the beginning of the year, and especially from the middle of the championship to the end. Turkey was a fantastic victory, starting from pole, in front of these two special drivers, Michael (Schumacher) and Fernando (Alonso), and finishing in front of these two special drivers. Really, it was the best I could expect for the first victory, but you always need to look forward and try to achieve the next one, because you always want more!

“I was strong in many, many races. Especially after the first five races of the championship I was very, very competitive all the time. Sometimes I was not lucky, sometimes something happened, but I had some good results. I have enjoyed working with Michael. We had a good relationship together, and he was always really, really good with me, not just on the professional side, but also in the private side. He was always pushing hard to have me in the team, he was always very, very positive about everything I was doing.

“When I heard the nice things he said about me in Monza, it was something really special, which I will not forget. You have many different kinds of drivers who are quick, who are consistent, who are good in qualifying, maybe good in the race. But I think Michael can put everything together and become Michael Schumacher. So in the end I think he's very complete. If you look at the numbers, you don't need to say a lot. Just knowing him from the team, working together, I can only say I would love to be as close as possible and to achieve half or maybe a quarter of what Michael did in his career.”

Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault
Championship position: 4th (72 points)
Wins 1, Poles 1, Fastest laps 6

“We are world, champions, again. I am so happy to have repeated the good result from last year. Actually better. For me not only the second consecutive constructors’ title, but also fourth place in the championship with over 20 percent more points than in 2005. My best performance ever in F1 It has been a very demanding season with a great finale. I think we have shown that Renault is the better team and that we deserve both laurels. I am happy for Fernando (Alonso) but a little disappointed I could not grasp the third place ahead of Massa.

“Unfortunately the Ferrari was no match in the last race in Brazil and we were forced to defend rather than to attack, and I decided to play center back rather than scoring goals as I am used to do when I play for the drivers' soccer team. Now I have a great season in front of me. I am really looking forward to competing next year with Renault. It will be a great challenge for me to lead the world champions and the biggest opportunity of my career. I will work harder than ever to develop the new car and to make sure the team performs at the same level as they are used to. With Alonso in McLaren and Kimi (Raikkonen) in Ferrari it is sure to be a great season. Michael (Schumacher) will not be there, but I am not really sure if any of us three will be missing him!”

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