Felipe Massa: “You need to go forward and to do your job…”

Felipe Massa says he was able to forget about the Hockenheim controversy and get on with his job when he got back behind the wheel in Hungary

“Completely, for sure,” said Massa when asked by this blog whether he could forget last week’s distractions. “When you’re back to the car, you don’t think about anybody, you think about driving the car and working yourself, working to improve, working to achieve what you want, you know.

“[There’s no point] to really go back and get crazy about that, so you need to go forward and to do your job. Everybody knows that driving an F1 car is not an easy job, that’s why you need to be concentrated on driving and thinking about doing the best.”

He also said that he had no thoughts about last year’s accident, although he admitted that yesterday’s visit to the track medical and rescue crews had been an emotional experience.

“I think it was just nice to be back on the track after what happened last year. Definitely I didn’t think about when I was in the car. I thought about how to work on the car and to drive. For sure yesterday was much nicer when I met and I saw everybody in the hospital here in the track who helped me last year, so that was much more emotional. But anyway today in the car I didn’t think about it.”

Massa finished Friday practice in fourth place, some 0.4s his off team mate Fernando Alonso. Although Ferrari was comfortably the second fastest car, Massa says there’s still a lot of work to be done.

“I think the car was OK, competitive. Definitely on the new tyres we need to improve a bit more. On the old tyres, we were very strong, very similar picture we saw many times during the season as well. I saw Red Bull very strong with the new tyres, easy to make a lap time straight away, and for us it was a little bit more difficult.

“For sure the most difficult thing for us is to make the lap time on the new tyres, which is where sometimes we’re struggling more compared to Red Bull. But then we go to the long run, and we’re very strong. It’s just something to work on tomorrow, to improve tomorrow for qualifying.”

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