MASSA: 'MAYBE SILVERSTONE CAN BE EVEN BETTER THAN EXPECTED'
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| After three street circuits on the bounce, Monaco, Montreal and Valencia, Felipe Massa is looking forward to tackling the very different characteristics of the Silverstone track and this weekend's British Grand Prix. 'It's difficult to have a clear picture of how competitive we should be,' admits the Scuderia Ferrari driver. 'Especially this year, we have seen results in the races that we could never have expected. Silverstone is a very different track to the last few, so we need to be ready for everything and arrive as well prepared as possible. Who knows, maybe Silverstone can be even better than expected for us. But if you look at Valencia where we had 13 cars in three tenths in Q2, it shows you really cannot make predictions this season. However, we believe our car is not too bad in the high speed corners and so I feel we should discover a good F2012 when we start practice there on Friday.'
As the home race for eight of the twelve Formula 1 teams, the famous airfield circuit enjoys a special place on the calendar and Felipe shares the general enthusiasm for this race. 'I really like Silverstone for the atmosphere there and the track, which is very enjoyable to drive,' reckons the Brazilian. 'It is definitely one of the favourites, probably for 99% of the drivers, because it really flows and has some challenging high speed corners. Of course, the weather is always a factor and I've seen the forecast, which is for quite a lot of rain, maybe a forty per cent chance every day. To be honest, a wet day at Silverstone is bad for the spectators around the circuit, but I don't mind driving in the rain and I think most of the drivers feel the same, because we have all experienced these conditions right from when we first started racing in karts. It can even be fun. However, there are certain conditions, like when there is a lot of water on track and you end up starting a race behind the Safety Car for example, when this is definitely not an easy situation: it's okay if you are right at the front, but if you're not in the top three on track, you actually have to look to the side rather than straight ahead to see where you are and this is the only type of condition we all hate, as you are driving blind.'
One could hardly expect the Ferrari man to have a bad word to say about Silverstone, given that for the past six years, the Brazilian's race engineer has been Englishman Rob Smedley. 'I've worked with Rob since 2006, starting with him as my race engineer at the Nurburgring,' recalls Felipe. 'After all this time, he knows exactly what I want and need from a car and he understands everything about my driving style. However, every year the car changes, the tyres are different and many other elements change from one year to the next so we always have to learn together. This year, for example, the first few races were a bit difficult, but from then on we changed direction in some areas and now, the work in terms of finding the right set-up at every track seems much more automatic. At this point of the season I feel much stronger thanks to this. It's not just a technical understanding that the two men share: 'I know people comment on the fact he's got a strong accent from the north of England, which is where he comes from, but actually I find him much easier to understand than many other English people,' says Felipe with a smile. 'I understand him 100% clearly. Maybe when he speaks to his family - and I've met his father - he's not so easy to understand!'
Since Valencia, Felipe has spent time at Maranello, working on the simulator and also attending a Ferrari owner's meeting. 'I like this type of event, because as a Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 driver, I do get involved in the development of new Ferrari road cars,' he explained. 'We give our comments and ideas and say what we feel about the balance of the car, how it is set up, how the engine feels, the gearbox, brakes, everything. That is definitely very important, especially when it happens that we can pass some of the knowledge we gain from the F1 car to the road cars. Whenever I drive a road car on a race track, I am always surprised at the way these Ferraris perform, so imagine what it must feel like to non-professional drivers.'
| Felipe Massa surprises fans in a Scuderia Ferrari Formula OneTM car at the Shell V-Power Nitro+ show in WarsawFelipe Massa brought Warsaw to a standstill today as he drove a Ferrari Formula One car through the city streets as part of the Shell V-Power Nitro+ Show. |
There was a fantastic atmosphere as over 30,000 Ferrari fans turned out to witness Shell's first ever street demonstration with a Ferrari Formula One car in Poland and celebrate the launch of Shell's new gasoline, Shell V-Power Nitro+.
Massa demonstrated the power and performance of a Ferrari F60 around a specially-designed stree....
| Double Duties For Massa In MaranelloMaranello, 15 May – Felipe Massa was working in Maranello today. The Brazilian tackled a session in the simulator as part of the preparations for the Monaco Grand Prix, which is Felipe's second home race, as he and his family live just a stone's throw from the track. Felipe also took the opportunity to go over the F138's short and mid-term development programme with the Scuderia engineers.|
Felipe also made an unexpected visit to the renovated Ferrari Store at Maranello, its new look h....
| DOMENICALI: 'A WIN WITHOUT IFS OR BUTS'Maranello, 14 May – Good traditions are always upheld and there is no exception to that rule at Maranello. That's why, after yesterday's flag raising, today it was time for the buffet with the men and women of the Scuderia, who all gathered together in the Logistics building to celebrate Fernando Alonso's win and Felipe Massa's third place in the Spanish Grand Prix.|
'It's always nice to come together at moments like this, but it's important not just because of the result pure and simpl....
| FDA: FUOCO DOES THE DOUBLE AT IMOLAImola, 12 May –16 year old Antonio Fuoco wanted to have his say on what has been a very special Sunday for Scuderia Ferrari. On the same weekend that Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa made it to the Barcelona podium, Fuoco did an amazing double, winning both races in the Formula Renault Alps series at the Imola circuit.|
Fuoco, at only his second ever event in the category, collected the maximum points available. In qualifying, he took a peremptory pole position, setting a time no less ....
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| RED BULL IS FOURTH AND FIFTH AS ALONSO REIGNS IN SPAINSebastian Vettel retained his lead in the fight for the Formula One Drivers' Championship with fourth place at the Spanish Grand Prix, while Mark Webber improved from seventh at the start to a well-deserved fifth place.|
After qualifying third, Seb made a great start to pass Lewis Hamilton for second place and set about chasing down pole winner and leader Nico Rosberg. However, in his first stop Sebastian lost his position to Alonso and dropped back. Alonso soon passed Rosberg for the lead and....
|SPANISH GP - A TEAM VICTORYStefano Domenicali: 'I am really happy with this great team result! We did a great job, both here at the track and back in Maranello. It was a very tense race, in which the slightest little detail could make a big difference. On this front, we read the race very well, when one considers how tyre management and calling the pit stops today made the difference and I can say without being presumptuous, that the team of engineers didn't put a foot wrong. I think that is down to Pat Fry, even he wasn'....|
|SPANISH GP - A GOOD STARTMontmelo (Barcelona,) 10 May – The first European event of the Formula 1 World Championship, following on from the opening two sets of back to back races, got off to a wet start in Montmelo. In changing conditions with the track drying out patchily after rain started falling around one hour before the start of the session, Fernando Alonso was fastest for Ferrari in a time of 1.25.252, ahead of team-mate Felipe Massa, who posted a 1.25.455. Third fastest was Jean-Eric Vergne (1.25.667) for Toro R....|