Massa aims for fresh start in 2011

Felipe Massa says he is aiming to have a "completely different championship" than last year ahead of the start of the season this weekend

Massa aims for fresh start in 2011

"For sure, the goal is to have a completely different championship than 2010 in every direction," said Massa on Thursday in Australia.

"Being at the top and fighting for the top in every qualifying session and race which was not the case last year and I am really confident we can do that."

Massa endured a disappointing 2010, failing to win any races and being overshadowed by Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso in the standings.

But the Brazilian admits he is more optimistic for this year thanks to the Pirelli tyres suiting his style more.

"I am much more confident because the tyres works a little bit better in the direction to be a higher temperature and a better grip on the front, which is something I suffered with in qualifying," he said. "This is something that makes me a lot more confident and I hope as I said, that the q and race will be very different this race.

"You could stop three or four times in the race depending on the track. Last year we were stopping once! It is up to us to learn and have a very good strategy because the races will be different to last year."

Massa said he was also positive about Ferrari's form following a very strong winter of testing.

"I don't remember the winter from last year, but what I can say is that this winter it was positive. Looking that at all the changes in the rules and we were the team that did the most kilometres on the track compared to the other teams. On many days we saw cars running like 60 laps, cars having many problems and we were doing a minimum of 100 laps everyday so I think that's positive.

"Talking about the performance it is very difficult to say because we never on low fuel at the same time and soft tyres at the same time. We didn't do that so this is something we don't know but I can say we were one of the strongest over the winter.

"So if you put everything together I think we have a good car. But now we are going to be sure how good the car is and how sure Red Bull, Mercedes, McLaren all the other teams and how we compare to them. For sure I expect Red Bull to be strong, but how much, even Red Bull doesn't know."

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