Massa hopeful of Silverstone podium

Tuesday 25-June-2013 14:28

Felipe Massa is hopeful that Ferrari will have sufficient race pace to claim a podium finish at the British Grand Prix this week.

While the Brazilian has never achieved a podium finish at Silverstone, he is confident that F138 will be well-suited to the flowing circuit.

"Silverstone is a fantastic track, first of all because of its incredible layout with high speed corners and changes of direction, which is what we drivers enjoy most," Massa commented.

"I believe our car can work well at this race, as that seemed to be the case in China and Barcelona, and Silverstone follows that same direction in terms of circuit characteristics. It's an old-style track with high speed corners, which should suit the F138, so I expect to have a good weekend. Naturally, I'm looking to score points and hoping to finish on the podium.

"In the past, we used to test on track in the weeks between most races but, with the testing ban, it has become even more important to keep up our fitness training to stay in condition," Massa added.

"I came to Maranello for a couple of days on the simulator and to have meetings with the engineers but, even while I was at the factory, I made time to do some training every day. It's all part of my preparation from one race to the next so I feel 100 per cent ready for the British GP."

Like most of their rivals, Ferrari have further developments to try out at the 'home of motorsport', and technical chief Pat Fry is hopeful that the Maranello team will challenge for honours come Sunday.

"We have spent a lot of time analysing data from the last few races, from the aero side to looking at tyre performance, trying to put together the best possible package for Silverstone," Fry confirmed.

"While Monaco is unique and Montreal is similar to Bahrain with a premium placed on traction, Silverstone is more about high speed corners that flow together, so if we want to make a comparison it has more in common with Barcelona."

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