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Felipe Massa enjoyed his strongest result of 2012 by finishing fourth in the British Grand Prix. The position was his best since Monaco, where he took the chequered flag in sixth place, and puts him level with Michael Schumacher in the championship standings. Furthermore, the Paulista believes he can do enough to stay at Ferrari next year.
“It was a good race and I am glad to have finally brought home a good result for me and for the team,” said the Brazilian, whose last race victory came in the final event of the 2008 campaign.
“Race after race, the situation has been improving and now we are capable of fighting for the podium; it might have happened here, but it could also have been possible in Montreal and Valencia, which means that today’s performance is not a fluke.
Massa’s Ferrari position is one of the hot topics this season, with a selection of drivers theoretically queuing up to take the place alongside Fernando Alonso.
“Is it enough to confirm my place at Ferrari?” Massa added of Sunday’s performance. “I don’t see any reason why that could not happen if, as I said, the results come.”
Massa’s effort of 1:35.041 leaves him fifth in the table of Sunday fastest laps, quicker than Alonso and just one tenth of a second slower than race winner Mark Webber.
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