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Massa: I have the pace

Tuesday 27-August-2013 11:55

Felipe Massa feels he has proved that he has the pace to keep his Ferrari seat, but concedes he needs the results to go his way.

The Brazilian was once again unable to match his team-mate Fernando Alonso at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix as he finished seventh compared to the Spaniard's second place.

With Ferrari yet to confirm him for next season, Massa is starting to run out of time to convince his bosses at Maranello that he deserves to remain with the team.

Asked if the Italian stable had communicated with him over his seat for 2014, he replied: "I just need to concentrate on the next race and concentrate on the results.

"The pace today was positive and I think I showed that I have the pace. If we do everything right in the race, I'm sure we can be competitive at every race. That's important and many races we've had a problem and we didn't finish in the right position but we've had the pace."

After a poor display in Hungary before the summer break, Ferrari bounced back at Spa with Alonso keeping his Championship hopes alive with a podium while they are also expected to do well at the home race at Monza in a fortnight's time.

"We need to put new parts on the car for the next race to be more competitive," Massa added. "We missed some opportunities with pieces that were not working and for sure we lost a little bit of time because of that.

"In Belgium everything we brought we were using, so that means they were working. I hope we can carry on in this direction and if we do that the car will be better from now until the last race and we can be more competitive than in the first part of the season."

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