The Pressure Wont Affect Felipe Massa

Adam PooleAnalyst IOctober 16, 2008

Felipe Massa is insisting that being part of a Championship showdown won't affect how he drives and won't force him into stupid mistakes.

Speaking to the media, he said, "I think the pressure is there all the time, especially when you are a Ferrari driver, you are used to pressure at the start, the middle and the end of the season, irrespective of where you are in the championship."

Massa is just five points behind leader Lewis Hamilton as they enter the penultimate race this weekend in China.

"I think in the current situation I would say both Lewis and me are under similar pressures, although of course I would prefer to be leading the championship at this stage.  I think both fighting to keep the lead, which is he doing, or fighting to make up the difference, like I am, are similar in terms of what we feel."

Heading into Shanghai, Massa is confident the F2008 is in good shape and believes this weekends race could close the five-point gap.

"I expect Kimi to be in good shape here, which should be good for the fight for the championship," said Massa.

"Our car is going well at the moment so all I am thinking is that both me and Kimi should be very competitive and if we can both be at the front, things can look good for us."