Massa: Title hopes still alive
|By James Buckfield||Wednesday, June 23rd 2010, 10:12 GMT|
Felipe Massa says his title challenge is "definitely" still alive and hopes to be competitive in Valencia with a heavily updated Ferrari package.
The new points system has made the championship fight closer then ever, and with Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull seemingly on a similar pace after Montreal, the Brazilian knows that a couple of good results could transform his season.
"Until you see from a mathematical point of view that you don't have a chance anymore, the championship is definitely open," he said. "We saw that in two races many things changed. Many things can change quickly in another two races."
Although the 28-year-old had a troubled time in Canada, coming together with Vitantonio Liuzzi at the start of the race and former team-mate Michael Schumacher towards the end, and eventually finished down in 15th, Massa felt a good car underneath him and is hopeful heading to the second Spanish venue of the season.
"Valencia is a circuit close to Canada in terms of the layout. We had a good car in Montreal in the race. I had very good laptimes and a good, consistent car - so this is something to look forward to for Valencia," Massa added.
Meanwhile, team-mate Fernando Alonso is excited by returning to his home country and is gunning for the win to put him firmly in the mix with championship leader Lewis Hamilton.
"I expect a very strong Ferrari again in Valencia," said the Spaniard. "The goal is to be on the podium on Sunday afternoon. The dream is to win the race. I think there's a good atmosphere in the team and I'm very optimistic."