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Australian GP podium still possible for Ferrari - Massa
Felipe Massa believes Ferrari will be in the hunt for a podium finish at the Australian Grand Prix, despite technical director Pat Fry ruling out a top three finish last week.
Ferrari has taken a completely new approach to the design of its 2012 car, but admitted it did not understand some aspects of it at the final test. Meanwhile, Mercedes and Lotus appear to have made progress over the winter, which could heighten the competition for podiums and put pressure on Ferrari.
"The truth is we will only discover the situation in Australia when we are all in the same conditions: little fuel in the tank and the softest tyres on the car," Massa said. "Certainly there are some teams that seem very strong like Red Bull, McLaren and Mercedes and Lotus seems very quick to me. Then there's a group that has got closer and will fight within the space of a few tenths with Sauber, Toro Rosso and Force India.
"Still, I still believe that we can fight for the podium: it's the only thought I have in my head. But we only have to wait a few more days to have the answer."
He said Ferrari's target was now to get a better understanding of the F2012 as quickly as possible.
"It's true that every year we do less testing so it gets more difficult to understand how the situation stands between the various teams," said Felipe. "Last year we went very well in the tests then we arrived in Melbourne and we found ourselves a second away from pole position. I won't hide the fact that we are not 100% satisfied with what we have done in these three test sessions in Spain and I would have preferred to be a bit quicker.
"We have a totally new car and we must still learn about it and get all its potential out of it. I have a very strong team and I have lots of faith in their capacity to be able to develop the chassis during the season."