Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2011

Massa: Red Bull have “significant advantage”

2011 Japanese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2011
Massa was fifth in the afternoon session

Felipe Massa says he hopes to score his first podium finish of the season in Japan.

But he’s wary of the pace Red Bull showed in practice today: “Maybe we can fight for a podium finish and it?s a realistic goal.

“Sure, I always want to be able to fight for the win: it?s true that Red Bull has a significant advantage, but we must continue to believe in ourselves, because in the races, anything can happen.”

He said today had gone better than Friday practice at other races this year: “Overall, it was a good day: compared to so many other Fridays this year, the first impressions are better.

“The car behaved reasonably well, but it?s also true we will not know where we are compared to the others until tomorrow afternoon. We worked a lot on defining the best set-up, learning important things for the rest of the weekend.

“Tyre degradation seems to be rather significant, which will make the race even more open in terms of strategy: finding the right set-up on the car won?t be the easiest of jobs.”

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