Felipe Massa Looking for Race Turnaround

Adam PooleAnalyst IOctober 18, 2008

Ferrari driver, Felipe Massa, is looking for a vast improvement in the performance of his car in tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix.

The Brazilian was a long way off the pace of Lewis Hamilton in qualifying, and even more off his pace in all four practice sessions.

Lewis' number one title rival only managed to squeeze in at third for the start of tomorrows race and has said he is hoping tomorrow's result looks better than today's.

“I can't deny I'm a bit disappointed with this qualifying; starting from the front is always important even if the race is very long, but I will do my utmost to get a great result," he said.

Massa has expressed that he isn't happy with his F2008 on this circuit. “We’ve been struggling a little bit during the weekend,” he said.

“Today, it was hard to find the right balance for the car, especially in Q3."

“It’s quite difficult to put everything together, and it looks like the McLaren guys had a little bit of an easier car to put a lap together.”

Although Lewis Hamilton leads the title race by five points and has been dominant this weekend, Massa is still optimistic about his uphill climb.

“We don’t know how it’s going to be in the race—we had a similar result in the last race but then we had very strong pace during the race,” he said.

“So I hope to have a strong pace in the race and maybe see if we can improve our car a little bit, especially on the long stints.”

Massa's teammate and current champion, Kimi Raikkonen, starts alongside Hamilton's Mclaren in second.