Felipe Massa: “We need to raise our reliability” 

Written by David on August 06th, 2008 at 7:33 pmLast Update: August 06th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Felipe Massa, 2008 Hungarian Grand PrixDuring the summer break Felipe Massa will try to forget the absolutely disappointing Hungaroring race lost due to a broken connecting rod on his Ferrari engine, three laps before the chequered flag. “A couple of days ago I came back to Sao Paulo,” said the Brazilian, “and I tried to forget the race at Budapest, but that’s quite difficult.” Massa, then, has called Ferrari to improve F2008′s reliability. “We have to be as competitive as at Budapest, but we need to raise our reliability. We can’t repeat certain mistakes: we don’t have any more excuses.”

The Brazilian however thinks that the Hungarian Grand Prix had some positive aspects. “I don’t want to forget the Hungarian GP, because in a certain way it was one of the best races I ever had in Formula 1, but it didn’t end as the others, with a win. It was a shame, because I really think that me and the Team deserved the success: we had a perfect race at a very important moment of the Championship. Unfortunately we couldn’t bring home the ten points we already had in our hands: it was really frustrating, but these things sometimes happen in motor sports.”

“Unfortunately it was not my day,” continued Massa. “When the engine failed I had a strange feeling. It was like a nightmare and I wanted to wake up, but I couldn’t, because I was already awake! It was an incredible disappointment: this sport can be really cruel.”

Massa now stands third on the Drivers’ Championship with 54 points collected so far. “Looking at the standigs at least I can stay calm, because not even Lewis won, but we can’t throw away points like that. We lost ten, but the positive aspect is, that we’ve demonstrated that we’re strong. The Team has done some great work over the whole weekend, in terms of strategy and eliminating the problems we had in England and Germany.”

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