Massa: Ferrari will be competitive in Hungary
24 July 2013 – Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has brushed aside suggestions that the team’s F138 chassis will be ill-suited to the Hungaroring circuit, and is remaining in a positive frame of mind ahead of this weekend’s race in Budapest.
There had been initial predictions in the paddock that the Maranello-based squad’s 2013 challenger would not be suited to the characteristics of the tight and twisty venue. However, Massa reckons that expected high temperatures, alongside the unpredictable nature of tyre supplier Pirelli’s new rubber compounds, may mean that the team will be able to spring a few surprises.
“For sure people say the characteristics of our car are not best suited to this circuit and that it will be tough for us to fight for the win here, but I am not sure this is an accurate assessment,” explained the Brazilian. “There have been other circuits where we expected our car to be very strong and it was not and vice versa. I expect the tyres will be critical again, especially in relation to temperature. They will perform very differently in qualifying and the race and I hope we can make the most of the high temperatures.”
In contrast to team-mate Fernando Alonso, Massa has failed to finish in the top five in four races, retiring at both Monaco and the Nürburgring in incidents subsequently attributed to technical failures. Now sitting 66 points behind the Spaniard in the Drivers’ Championship, the Brazilian believes it is time for his luck to change.
“For a driver, the most important thing is always the race result and I hope this weekend will deliver that for me, as the last couple of races have not been so successful,” he added. “There was always something happening which meant I couldn’t finish as high up as I should have done. Therefore what I would like most of all is to turn things around, because going on holiday with a good result under my belt would really make the difference.”