Speaking in a video released by Ferrari, Felipe Massa said his three consecutive races out of the points put him out of contention for the championship:
We had some up-and-down races during the championship. I had a very bad three races where I couldn’t score points which was Canada, Valencia and Silverstone.
We could have scored a good amount of points in these races and I could have been in a good position fighting for the championship now. It was not very great for the championship.
But it is also true that in the last four races we have scored more points than the other teams. So looking forward we still have five races to go and I hope we carry on like we did in the last four races.
Definitely I was not very happy with these ‘down’ races I had. But the past you can never change. You have to work for the present and the future and that’s what I want.
Massa was set to win the first race after his three no-scores before being told to hand the victory to team mate Fernando Alonso.
He didn’t race at Singapore last year due to injury. He was on course for victory at the track in 2008 before the controversial safety car period caused by Nelson Piquet Jnr’s deliberate crash.
Piquet’s crash allowed Alonso to win. Meanwhile Massa’s race was ruined during the ensuing safety car period when he was sent out of the pits with his refuelling rig still attached:
It’s a difficult circuit, Singapore. One lap in Singapore means two laps in Monaco. It’s a difficult place, it’s hot, it’s in the night and it’s a little bit of a different track to where we normally go.
But anyway, I enjoy the track. I was very, very strong in 2008. I did one of my quickest pole positions, six tenths ahead of second place, which was Kimi [R?‚?Ůikk?‚?¬nen]. And I had the race pretty much in my pocket.
Until, you know, many things happened. The safety car, the pit stop and even afterward some polemics. So it was a place that I enjoyed but, in a way, I didn’t have a great result. I didn’t have the result I was supposed to have.
Massa will use a new chassis, number 286, at Singapore.