Massa wants ‘normal’, ‘trouble-free’ race

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Ferrari’s Felipe Massa has said he is sure he can get a good result at the German Grand Prix this weekend, providing he has a ‘normal’ race.

The Brazilian, who made a solid start to the new season, with two podiums in Bahrain and Australia, has struggled since and the last three races have been pretty disastrous yielding nil points.

Despite that though, Massa is convinced his Ferrari F10 has the potential to battle at the front and he will be looking to put his recent bad luck behind him at Hockenheim.

“It might seem an unusual thing for a race driver to wish for, but my greatest hope [this weekend] is that I can have a normal race,” Massa told Ferrari’s official website in his pre-event blog.

“If I think back to everything that happened to me in the last three races, sometimes I still find it hard to believe that I had so much bad luck: in Montreal and Silverstone I was involved in collisions on the opening lap and in Valencia, the Safety Car came at just the wrong time for me and ruined my race.

“In all three of those races, our Friday and Saturday performance had proved we had a competitive car, but I never managed to translate that potential into points on the Sunday.

“So, my main aim is to have a trouble-free weekend from start to finish: of course I wouldn’t be a racing driver if I did not have thoughts of winning the race, even if we know that, at the moment, Ferrari is up against some very strong opposition, but really, if there are no unusual incidents on Sunday and we can race to our full potential, then I will be satisfied, because if we manage to do that, then I am sure a good result is waiting for us.”

Massa has been busy since only finishing 15th at the British Grand Prix two weeks ago, and he has done as much as possible to ensure he can hit the ground running in practice on Friday.

“It’s true you cannot do much about luck, good or bad, but in terms of being as well prepared as possible for this weekend, everyone at the factory has been working very hard since the last race and I have been to Maranello twice to have meetings with our engineers, to fully understand the new developments and then last Monday, I spent the day driving the Hockenheim track on our simulator, as well as taking part in more meetings,” he continued.

“I have always enjoyed driving at this circuit and this year we will have the novelty of using slick tyres here for the first time, as last year’s race was held at the Nurburgring. The last time we came here, in 2008, I finished third and in 2006, I was second behind Michael [Schumacher] and in fact, I have always finished in the points here since I have been driving for Ferrari.

“I think the track characteristics should suit our car quite well and I hope we will be competitive there. We are pressing forward with the car development, even if it seemed much improved in the last few races and here we will have a new diffuser, which we will evaluate during Friday’s free practice. I am sure other teams will also be moving forward on the technical front, but we must just concentrate on our own job and not concern ourselves with that,” he concluded.

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