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Massa focused on Hungary
Despite all the controversy at last weekend's German Grand Prix, Felipe Massa insists he is entirely focused on the upcoming race at the Hungaroring.
Predictably neither he nor team-mate Fernando Alonso made reference to the team-orders scandal in their post-race blogs, even though the story has dominated F1 headlines all week. Instead Massa said there was very good reason to be positive ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
"In Germany, we produced a great team result and if people were asking why Ferrari kept saying for several weeks before that the F10 had improved a lot, they got the answer in Hockenheim," he said. "But that does not mean we are sitting on our hands, because there will be even more updates coming this weekend and the result last weekend is motivation for everyone in the team to keep pushing even harder to keep the momentum going, improving race by race."
One of Ferrari's excuses for Massa pulling over and letting Alonso through was that the Brazilian did not perform as well on the hard-compound tyre. But with Bridgestone bringing the softer rubber from its range to the Hungaroring, Massa said he was confident he could get the best from the car.
"There are other reasons to be optimistic about this weekend, including the fact that Bridgestone is bringing its super-soft and medium tyres that have always suited the F10 very well, so maybe we can have another very competitive race," he said. "Throughout the year, we have seen that various teams' performance has been very much related to the track characteristics, with the exception of Red Bull, who have been competitive everywhere. So let's wait and see how we go at the Hungaroring."
Alonso showed no remorse for what happened in Germany and, despite looking awkward on the podium afterwards, said the win had felt no different to any other in his career.
"All wins are special," he said. "Winning is a great feeling and that was the case in Hockenheim, especially when I think of the huge workload undertaken by everyone at Maranello to achieve this fantastic one-two finish. No one ever gave up and I know how pleased they were to see two Ferraris cross the line ahead of all our rivals.
"For over a month now we have been saying that we had to get back to winning at least once before the summer break and finally, we did it. We did not have much luck in some races and, because of unusual incidents, we did not pick up the points we deserved. There was a slight feeling of frustration with this lack of results, but at last in Germany, for once we had a normal race on a weekend when he had no problems whatsoever and the result was there for all to see."
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