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Massa: We must improve qualifying

Monday 20-May-2013 10:24

Felipe Massa admits Ferrari are "well aware" of their qualifying issues after achieving just one front row start this season.

In five races, only Massa has made it onto the front row of the grid, a feat the Brazilian achieved in Malaysia.

Last time out in Spain, despite putting both cars on the podium, Ferrari qualified a disappointing fifth and ninth, leaving Fernando Alonso and Massa with a lot to do on the Sunday.

"Overall, it's been a positive start," Massa said during a Ferrari demo run in Warsaw over the weekend.

"In some races we did very well, while in others, Bahrain for example, we had a few problems which cost us valuable points.

"We have seen an all-round improvement this year, from the car to the way the team works and we have shown we are competitive, but clearly we can still improve, especially in qualifying.

"We are well aware of this and working towards that goal."

The next race on the calendar is Monaco, a street circuit on which Massa has achieved two podium results but never a victory.

"I like the Monaco track a lot, partly because it's my second home race, given I live there.

"You are always on the limit, very close to the barriers, with no room for error.

"Grid position is much more important than at any other track and so we hope we can do well right from Saturday.

"My aim is very simple, to always be in the fight for a podium finish."

As for the great Pirelly tyre debut, the 32-year-old isn't complaining, saying drivers "must try our best with what we are given, that's it.

"In Spain, we won with a four stop strategy, but it's definitely not the first time something like that has happened..."

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