GERMAN GP: MASSA: 'A LONG SEASON IS FINE FOR ME'
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| One of the most noteworthy points about this weekend's German Grand Prix is that, after plenty of exciting and incident packed races, we are only now approaching the one that marks the halfway point of this, the longest season in the history of Formula 1. For Felipe Massa that's no problem at all. 'It does not feel like a long year to me now, although everything is related to how well you are doing on the track,' claims the Scuderia Ferrari driver. 'In my situation, I have had some strong races recently and our car is getting better all the time, so you want to keep racing, because you have in mind that your performance can get even better. In our case, I expect that trend to continue all the way through to the final round of the championship. But if you are struggling, having hard races, then you really have to dig deep and in those circumstances, it can seem like a long road, although even then, you have the incentive to work hard and look ahead to every race in the hope of doing better. It's human nature that you have to push yourself harder when times are tough. Thankfully, at the moment, we are not in that position and I'm looking forward to all the remaining races, so the fact it is a long season is fine for me. Twenty races is definitely a long championship, but I am enjoying the fact that we have many races remaining to get some good results.'
Perhaps the Brazilian would like to do even more races, re-running the early rounds of this championship! Currently he is 13th in the Drivers' Championship, on the same points – 23 – as his former team-mate, Michael Schumacher. Although he is a long way back, Felipe still has targets to meet in this classification. 'For sure, the Drivers' is still important to me,' he maintains. 'Looking at where I was just before Silverstone, I am aware that are a lot of points still available over the coming eleven races. It is very important for me and I want to fight to get back into the top six or top five. That might be a difficult target to achieve, but you always need to set yourself a hard challenge. In addition, the Constructors' Championship is very important to us and the better I do in the Drivers' the more I help Ferrari.' Last Friday, Felipe made his regular in-between races trip to Maranello, a journey that involves a very early start and a late return on those occasions when he is only there for a day. 'I was in the simulator, preparing for the upcoming races, as well as having meetings with my engineers to find out what our plans are for these two back to back races in Germany and Hungary. I am looking forward to going back to Hockenheim after a year's break. It's an interesting track and I have finished on the podium there twice before and, as the F2012 continues to improve, we can hope to be competitive this weekend, although this championship has been so hard to predict, therefore we cannot be really sure what to expect until we start driving there.'
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