Felipe Massa hoping for stronger weekend in Singapore
|By Jonathan Noble||Thursday, September 22nd 2011, 10:01 GMT|
Felipe Massa is hopeful Ferrari will enjoy a stronger weekend in Singapore than it has in the previous races.
The Italian squad was unable to fight for victory in Spa and Monza, as Red Bull opened the gap in part thanks to the nature of the circuits.
But with the Marina Bay track being similar to Monaco, where Ferrari looked strong, Massa is hoping to reduce the gap to the leaders.
"I hope it will definitely be better than how it was the last races," said Massa. "We were not so competitive, so I hope we can be more competitive here.
"It is really nothing to do with the Monza track in terms of everything - corners, straights, downforce, so even tyres, I hope our car can behave even better here. For sure we don't have really many things new on the car, but it is a different track so I hope we can see a more competitive car.
"The expectation is always to be better, but we need to wait and see. It is a different track, a different everything – many places where we expected not to be good we were, and other places where we expected to be good we were not, so it is difficult to say. We just wait and see how it is going to be here."
Despite just one win this year, Massa is adamant Ferrari has made a lot of progress during the season, and says he has been unlucky in the last races.
"We improve during the season, we didn't start in a great direction, especially in qualifying, but the performance improved a lot.
"But I was not very, very lucky in the races, the last two races – in Spa we had a problem with the tyres and in the last race I had a little push from another car, and it is true that we were not very, very lucky, but let's concentrate and keep the same direction for qualifying, try to improve even more for that, try to have the right race from the beginning to the end without anything in the middle."