Massa: We are in the title race

Tuesday 09-April-2013 15:29

Felipe Massa says the "signs are good" that Ferrari will be one of the teams to challenge for the Championship this season.

The Scuderia have impressed in the opening two races of the year as Fernando Alonso and Massa finished second and fourth respectively in Australia while in Malaysia the Brazilian started second on the grid with his team-mate a place behind him.

Red Bull remain the team to beat though as Sebastian Vettel won at Sepang while he was third in the season opener at Albert Park.

Massa, who has not won a race since Brazil 2008, believes Ferrari are in the mix when it comes to challenging for race wins and the Drivers' Championship this year.

"I know we have only done two races, but I have a good feeling so far this season," the 31-year-old said.

"Of course, I always want to be fighting for the win, although that did not work out in the first two races, but the signs were good with an excellent race pace and now we have to keep moving forward race by race.

"There are definitely more than two teams that are capable of fighting for the wins and the Championship. Our team is one of them, with the car moving forward in the right way and it is delivering results on track that we expected when looking at data in the wind tunnel and the factory. In Melbourne we had a car that was capable of winning and in Malaysia the car was again competitive, even if conditions made the race something of a lottery."

The Italian outfit will take quite a few updates to Shanghai for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix and the Brazilian hopes it will help them to fight for victory.

"We will have all the updates we hoped to bring with us in Shanghai, after work in the factory and the simulator last week," he added.

"I hope this translates into a further performance improvement on track. The aim is to fight for a lot more points, for a podium, for a win even, because you have to set yourself high targets."

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