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Felipe Massa has come under maximum scrutiny at Sepang, having failed to out-qualify Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso and managing just 12th position on the Malaysian Grand Prix starting grid. However, the Brazilian does carry some optimism into the race.
“Clearly, I can’t be happy with 12th place, but we know that at the moment we do not have a very competitive car,” Massa began. “Getting through to Q3 is very difficult and today I could only get close to that target. Yesterday and today in FP3, I was not satisfied with the balance of the car but we managed to improve it for qualifying, which leaves me feeling confident for the race and for the future.
“I think we have begun to get a better understanding of how this F2012 works and that is positive. Tomorrow will be a very hard race, where tyre degradation will make itself felt and there will also be the threat of rain hanging over it. I hope I can get a better result than this 12th place.
"Pressure? It comes from own will to always do the maximum and, when I don’t manage it, I am the first to be unhappy.”
Alonso qualified ninth, but starts eighth as Kimi Räikkönen takes a five-place drop.
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