Massa: I’m really looking forward to getting stronger race by race

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari at the Shell Full Service Event Challenge. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Preparations, Montreal, Canada, Thursday 7 June 2012.

Felipe Massa speaks to the press during the Shell Full Service Event Challenge in Montreal

Jun.8 (F1 Media) Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, speaking to media ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, believes his solid performance in Monaco provides a firm basis for better results in the future.

Formula One World Championship / RD06 / Monaco GP / Monte Carlo / Monte Carlo Street Circuit /  24.05 - 27.05.2012For a man with eleven grand prix victories, finishing sixth would rarely be a cause for celebration but having endured a tough opening to the 2012 campaign, Felipe Massa believes his result in Monaco signifies a better understanding of how his car works and bodes well for improved results in the future.

“I think it was a better race, a clean race where nothing wrong happened. There was good pace from the first session,” said Massa in Thursday’s FIA press conference.

“I hope we can use that to do things even better here and all these races until the end of the year. I think it was a positive weekend even if we cannot be so happy to finish sixth, y’know? I think it was a good start.”

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari at the Shell Full Service Event Challenge. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Preparations, Montreal, Canada, Thursday 7 June 2012.Monaco was also the first time Massa has appeared in Q3, and the Brazilian is confident that the lessons learnt in the principality contain information that will translate to other circuits.

“Definitely Monaco is different to many other tracks but I think it helped a lot,” he added. “I’m really looking forward to understand that direction and be stronger and stronger all the time.”

Whether or not Montreal will provide a circuit suited to Ferrari is “very difficult to say,” claims Massa, though he expects to carry his personal form into the race.

“I feel much better in the car. I’m really looking forward to carry on like that, improving, getting stronger race by race, and fighting for many good points and even looking for victory and podium. This is really the target and I feel much stronger in the car now compared to the beginning of the season.”

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