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Barrichello backs Massa to return to form

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Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa were friends during their time in F1 together © Sutton Images
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Rubens Barrichello believes Ferrari's Felipe Massa will return to form if he relaxes and enjoys Formula One rather than stressing about his recent results.

Massa has failed to score a point this season and has now gone 23 races without a podium while team-mate Fernando Alonso has scored 12 top-three finishes in the same period. But Barrichello, who is close to Massa, does not believe his fellow Brazilian has lost any of his ability.

"It's not a speed problem, it's something that he needs to solve within himself," he told Globo Esporte . "He has to close his eyes and enjoy, remembering that he does this because he likes it. Every time that I lost a little bit, it was because I had forgotten that I did it because I liked to. So we have to relax and improve that way. [For Massa] it is just a moment, and every moment and race in Formula One is a cycle of life."

Barrichello, who now races in IndyCar, laughed off the results of a recent fans' poll in the Italian media that showed he would be a popular choice as Massa's replacement at Ferrari.

"It was very unexpected," he said. "Maybe it was a way to see if Italians would pick an Italian driver, and suddenly I win. It is a very public business and shows that I must have left something behind."