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'I want things to return to normal' - Massa

ESPNF1 Staff
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Felipe Massa: "Not scoring any points in two races hurts" © Sutton Images

Felipe Massa has been at Ferrari's base in Maranello this week trying to find a solution to the problems he struggled with at the first two races.

Massa failed to score at both grands prix while team-mate Fernando Alonso has taken the lead in the drivers' championship. Massa said it hurt not to score any points and that he is now ready to return to form.

"I met my engineer Rob Smedley and I spent a lot of time with [technical director] Pat Fry, going over everything that happened, because this is the only way I think we can understand the reasons behind these two bad weekends," he wrote in his blog on the Ferrari website. "I am disappointed, there is no denying it: not scoring any points in two races hurts, but now it's time to turn the page.

"It's the not the first time I've gone through a difficult moment like this and I know well that things can change quickly, but now is the moment to do my utmost because I want this negative period to come to an end. I want things to return to normal, to a situation in which I can show my talent as I have always done and as the team knows I can do."

Massa said there would be improvements to the car for the next two races as Ferrari looks to close the gap to McLaren and Red Bull.

"Pat ran through with me the details of the F2012 development programme and we hope we can slightly improve our performance already in Shanghai," Massa added. "Both there and at Sakhir, one of my favourite tracks, we will once again be fighting on the counter-attack, trying to fine tune the car as well as possible to make the most of any opportunity, just as Fernando did in Sepang.

"The championship looks like being long and closely contested, with many teams seemingly able to fight for the top places and it only takes a little to find yourself in the front or the back. We hope we can make good progress as soon as possible and put ourselves solidly in the lead group."