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GP Week : Issue 108
FElIPE Massa is looking to reprise his 2008 form next season, and does not feel that he will be overshadowed by team- mate Fernando Alonso again. Having moved from Renault to replace Kimi Riakkonen, Alonso stamped his authority on the team early on, demanding to be let past Massa in Australia and then diving past the Brazilian into the pits in China, ermerging as a title contender with five wins. By contrast, Massa has managed just two second-place finishes, in the season- opener in Bahrain and then controversially in Germany and went into the season finale 103 points behind Alonso. In response he pointed to 2008 as evidence of his ability. "I know what I'm able to do and I know I can fight for the championship and for victories, which I did many times," said Massa. "They [the media] never remember the past, they don't see anything about the future, they just look at what's happened race by race. So I don't care about that so much. I care about what I am and what I am able to do. "People forget the past – in 2007 Kimi won and in 2008 I fought for the championship," he added. "This isn't the first time these things have happened to me." Massa revealed his struggles this year have been down to a lack of temperature in the 2010 Bridgestone tyres during qualifying: "It was a big, big change from last year's tyres to this year's tyres and that was the worst thing for me," said Felipe. "I'm sure it will be another big change when we try the Pirellis and I hope that can pull it back to the other side. "The most important thing this year was to have the right temperature on the first lap in qualifying, and that's something that is a big point in the fight. If you cannot do what you are able to in qualifying, you know that you are not going to start first." Massa: I’ll be back in 2011 n Despite uncertainty over next year’s Australian Grand Prix, race chiefs have announced that national airline Qantas is to renew its title sponsorship deal. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said: "We are proud to renew our naming rights sponsorship of the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix. Qantas has been associated with the Australian Grand Prix for 25 years and we are especially looking forward to next year's event with Qantas as the premier partner. As a committed supporter of Australian sport, we are delighted to be continuing our active involvement in one of the highlights of the national major events calendar." n Virgin Racing has secured a new title partner, with the announcement coming in Abu Dhabi that next year the team will be known as Marussia Virgin. The Russian supercar manufacturer has stepped up its involvement. What’s quite funny is that in Russia ‘Marusia’ means the baby form of ‘Mary’. So that means the team will be called Virgin Mary does it? n Kraken Opus launched its Ferrari Opus book in Abu Dhabi. It weighs 37kg and prices start at just under £4,000. You’ll need a very sturdy coffee table if you want to invest in this piece of Ferrari literary history. Short Straights Our exclusive partnership with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes means you can stay in the centre of the F1 action when you book a Grand Prix weekend package. For more information or to book, please visit hiltonracing.com Click here to book your 10