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Massa waiting for luck to change

ESPNF1 Staff
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Felipe Massa is hoping for a better result in Suzuka © Getty Images

Felipe Massa is hoping for a change in fortunes over the remaining five races after failing to finish higher than fifth so far this season.

Massa has been at the centre of a media storm since the Singapore Grand Prix where his race was ruined by a collision with Lewis Hamilton. Ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix he admitted he was frustrated and disappointed with Hamilton because he felt like a good result was possible.

"It's true I've not had much luck this season, with punctures, or someone hitting me, or other things happening and I hope that the situation changes for the last five races," Massa said. "That's why I found it so frustrating when I was hit in the Singapore Grand Prix. I was disappointed after the race, but come Monday and I was already thinking about the next race. What's past is past and we need to think about the future.

"I have not spoken to Hamilton and he did not want to speak to me at the time in Singapore. That's why I was even more disappointed because, if I was him, I would have wanted to say sorry. I had tried to speak to him away from the media, but as he did not want to, I did what I did in front of the media. I have no reason to speak to him now about this as the matter is closed as far as I am concerned. If he wants to come and talk to me, then that's fine too."

Massa also took the opportunity to play down suggestions that a pit-to-car radio message from his race engineer Rob Smedley to "destroy" Hamilton's race had been made with malicious intent.

"If you listen to everybody's radios you will hear strange things all the time," he added. "For sure, we are in competition and things like this happen in every sport. Rob was just trying to push me, he was not suggesting I should destroy another driver's race and that is clear, because I would not do it anyway, even if he had asked me to. Rob always talks to me a lot and that is fine for me because it is the way we work together."