• Brazilian Grand Prix

Massa wants win to help Alonso

ESPN Staff
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Felipe Massa has won the Brazilian Grand Prix on two previous occasions © Press Association
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Felipe Massa says he hopes he can win the Brazilian Grand Prix with Fernando Alonso still taking the drivers' championship.

Alonso needs to finish on the podium to have any chance of winning the championship, with Sebastian Vettel requiring only a top four finish to secure a third consecutive title. Having taken a grid penalty at the United States Grand Prix last weekend to promote Alonso one place on the grid Massa was asked how he would try to help his team-mate this weekend, but said victory is all that's on his mind.

"Well first of all I'll try to win a third time," Massa said. "I think that's always the right direction to think about racing, you're always thinking about the victory. Here is a very special place for me and I'm going to try to win. Hopefully Fernando can finish second without any problems to win the championship."

Massa's performance in Austin was impressive as he outpaced Alonso for the whole weekend and he said he's managed to achieve close to the maximum result at every race since the summer break.

"I think it was a very difficult season compared to others. Struggling in some races, some other races I was not struggling but I couldn't put together the result; something always happened in a few races I couldn't finish in the right position. I would say after August everything was better, I was able to put together almost the right result at every race so I think it was a very good second part of the season and very good preparation for next year."