Massa: Title battle will be closer

Date published: August 22 2011

Felipe Massa believes the final eight races of the season will be a lot closer due to Ferrari and McLaren’s improvements in recent months…

Felipe Massa believes the final eight races of the season will be a lot closer due to Ferrari and McLaren’s improvements in recent months.

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull made a dominant start to the 2011 season as the German won five of the opening six races to open a massive gap at the top of the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship. However, Ferrari and McLaren managed to catch up and they kept Red Bull off the top step of the podium in four of the next five races.

Massa is confident that the battle for supremacy in the final eight races of the season will be a tightly contested affair.

“I believe Ferrari and McLaren will be a lot more competitive in the last eight races,” he told Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo.

“I can’t imagine that Red Bull will continue to have the huge advantage they had at the start.”

Massa has had a tough 2011 so far, managing four fifth places compared to Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso’s one race victory and five podiums.

The 30-year-old Brazilian feels most of his struggles were down to the tyres and is confident he will perform better in the latter stages of the campaign as Pirelli won’t use the harder tyres in the remaining races.

“For me, I suffered a bit with the harder tyres, it is encouraging to know that they will no longer be used until the end of the Championship,” he added.