Massa fastest during Copa Fiat testing in Brazil 20 August, 2012 Felipe Massa in the cockpit of the Copa Fiat at Interlagos Aug.20 (GMM) Felipe Massa, who is fighting to keep his seat at Ferrari after seven consecutive seasons with the famous Italian team, gave his August break a boost at the weekend by going P1 at his home circuit, Interlagos. He was faster than regulars including former grand prix driver Christian Fittipaldi during practice for a round of the Brazilian Copa Fiat touring car series. “Having one set of tyres more than the others helped me but I was not expecting to be quicker than excellent and experienced drivers like Christian Fittipaldi, Cacà Bueno and André Bragantini, who are leading the championship,” said Massa. Meanwhile in the Auto Motor und Sport mid-season ranking the 31-year-old was a lowly seventeenth – 16 places behind his excellent teammate Fernando Alonso and even reportedly outclassed by drivers including Daniel Ricciardo and Vitaly Petrov. “Many people believe this is the first time I’ve been in such a situation,” Massa is quoted by the Russian website f1news.ru. “It’s not. It happened a lot in the series I did before Formula One – if I did not win the race then I probably wouldn’t have the money to do the next one.” Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsMassa: Kimi’s problem is psychologicalVideo: Ferrari tribute for birthday boy RaikkonenRaikkonen staying at Ferrari amid Alonso departure reportsMarchionne: We’ve got to kick some ass and quicklyMontezemolo: Fernando is leaving Ferrari for two reasonsMontezemolo: The least I expected was a thank youDomenicali joins Audi, will Alonso follow?Berger surprised by Vettel move to FerrariMattiacci: Engine freeze against principles of F1Red Bull marginalise Vettel ahead of his departure Hawk I can see where this is going.. Jody Renza Massa will stay for another season before all the big moves happens. hillside Massa fits perfectly in Mclaren as #2 driver BuddyBenny That’s how bad it’s getting… they need to write articles of Felipe’s success in other motoring events. I wouldn’t mind seeing Massa grab a podium or two in Spa and Monza, get him back in business. K-15- Was Massa driving alone??