|By Editor - 11 March 2013|
One week before the 2013 opening race in Melbourne, Felipe Massa tore down the streets of Rio de Janeiro during a Ferrari media event. He recounts his experience:
"It was really emotional to drive along the streets of Rio at such a special event in front of people who usually only get to see me at the end of the season at the Brazilian Grand Prix. The emotion I felt and all the support I could sense around me will be an extra motivation to being the season well."
The long time Ferrari driver said that next week, the F138 will finally reveal how competitive it is and how competitive their rivals will be.
"The pre-season is full of tests but they are not always a reflection of results during the season. A team that doesn`t do so well in testing can have a great championship. We have to be prepared. At the end of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix we will have a better idea," said the Brazilian.
However both Ferrari drivers have consistently praised the F138 and seem confident at the conclusion of winter testing.
"We feel the car is good, more stable and easier to drive. It`s hard to say where we are compared to the others but the car has been well-constructed with all areas addressed. I think that overall we are going to be more competitive and that we have great potential to be vying for good results from the outset" Massa stated.
This is in contrast to Massa's comments only a year ago in his critique of the F2012: "There’s a lot of work to do to fine tune the F2012."
Also, Pat Fry's 2012 pre-season comments: "In the hunt for the podium in Melbourne? At the moment I’d say no."
During the later part of the 2012 season, Massa bounced back from a poor start with a display of strong points finishes and two podiums. He intends to make the most of his good run.
In a playful interview at Ferrari.com, Felipe was asked what will he do in Melbourne; he confidently replied "Be on the podium."
When Ferrari's "number two" driver asserts he intends to be on the podium, the signs are looking good for Ferrari (and Fernando Alonso).