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GP Week : Issue 5
Massa answers critics in style FELIPE Massa has answered his critics in the best possible fashion by taking a dominant win at the Bahrain International Circuit to take his first grand prix victory of 2008, and the 100th for Ferrari under the Presidency of Luca di Montezemolo. The Brazilian made a stellar start from the dirty side of the grid and took the lead at the first corner from pole-sitter Robert Kubica. It was a lead he would hold until the end. Massa said that the last few weeks had been tough for him, but ultimately had spurred him on to the result in Bahrain. “For sure I have not had very easy weeks, but that’s life,” he smiled. “It’s not the first time and won’t be the last one as well. I had a lot of time to think what’s happened in the last race. That’s pretty normal. “But I am sure now it’s in the past – and what is in the past is one victory and that will help for the next race.” That next race is in Spain in three weeks’ time, and Massa is confident his Ferrari team are well prepared for the return to Europe. “Barcelona is a track we pretty much like going to. Our car behaves very well on these kind of tracks, so I am looking forward to a very strong pace in the next few races and hopefully when we go to Monaco we will see if our car has really improved in the slow corners or not compared to last year. “I think we are going in the right direction.” Poor start to the year, but Massa isn’t done yet ... FOLLOWING the team’s first pole position on Saturday, BMW-Sauber’s Bahrain Grand Prix race result has seen the team move above both Ferrari and McLaren to lead the early Constructors’ Championship table. After a race in which the BMW cars easily outpaced the McLarens, the new championship leaders have suggested that their primary target now is Ferrari. “Our performance gives everybody extra motivation for the coming weeks,” said BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen. “In the end the gap to the Ferraris was really small.” Willy Rampf, the team’s technical director agreed, saying that “it was pleasing to see that in the end the gap to the front wasn’t big, and there was no real pressure from behind.” “They [Ferrari] were not far ahead,” Nick Heidfeld told GP Week, “but they were quicker and I just backed off in the end.” McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile admitted that BMW’s pace had made his team take stock of their position. “They’re close,” he told GP Week. “We’ve got to regroup. We’re going to Barcelona and we’ve got a good upgrade package there. I’m sure all the other leading teams are going to improve and hopefully we can move forward. I think we underperformed here and we need to do a better job.” Watch out Ferrari, BMW are coming 10