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GP Week : Issue 168
MASSA GIVES IT MASSIVE ATTACK 31 GPWEEK.com // 31 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> SINGAPORE Felipe Massa drove impeccably to eighth place from the back of the field in Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix; a ballsy performance that might go some way to securing his seat at Ferrari for another season. The Brazilian was tagged by Vitaly Petrov’s front wing as the field negotiated turn one on the opening lap, a punctured left-rear tyre forcing him to make an unscheduled stop. Massa’s future with the Maranello- based outfit has been under scrutiny or some time now, but he has supported his team-mate Fernando Alonso well with some dogged drives in recent races. Speaking of his performance in Singapore, Massa said: “That was a very tough and difficult race. There’s regret for what happened at the first corner, because without the puncture, I could certainly have finished a lot closer to Fernando, which would have been important for both championships. While he benefited from the two Safety Car periods and retirements for some of those ahead of him in Singapore, he was still required to scythe his way through the field to get into the points. And none were more heart-stopping than when he passed Bruno Senna’s Williams in the latter stages. Senna and his fellow Brazilian were nose-to- tail after the second Safety Car period and an opportunistic lunge by Massa up the inside of the Williams resulted in contact; both were lucky to escape without terminal damage. Massa said: “The move on Senna? I think the rules are very clear and one just has to respect them: I was already alongside him and he had to leave me room, but instead he squeezed me into the wall.”