Massa: Ferrari capable of fighting for title
9 April 2013 – Felipe Massa has reiterated his belief that Ferrari can fight for victories and the world championship this season, with the Brazilian hailing much improved wind tunnel to track correlation compared to the team’s situation at the beginning of last year.
Massa, who recorded two solid points finishes in Australia and Malaysia, believes that the race pace both he and team-mate Fernando Alonso have displayed so far in 2013 proves that Ferrari is in a position to compete with the likes of Red Bull for the title.
"I know we have only done two races, but I have a good feeling so far this season," Massa explained. "The work we did with the F138 over the winter has taken us in the right direction and the car has much more potential. Of course, I always want to be fighting for the win, although that did not work out in the first two races, but the signs were good with an excellent race pace and now we have to keep moving forward race by race.
"All I can say is that there are definitely more than two teams that are capable of fighting for the wins and the championship. Our team is one of them, with the car moving forward in the right way and it is delivering results on track that we expected when looking at data in the wind tunnel and the factory.
"In Melbourne we had a car that was capable of winning and in Malaysia the car was again competitive, even if conditions made the race something of a lottery."
Massa added that Ferrari is approaching the Chinese Grand Prix in a strong position, having completed extensive simulator work at the outfit’s Maranello factory last week.
"We are well prepared for China and we will have all the updates we hoped to bring with us in Shanghai, after work in the factory and the simulator last week," said Massa, who sits fifth in the Drivers' standings. "The aim is to fight for a lot more points, for a podium, for a win even, because you have to set yourself high targets."