Felipe Massa believe he has got on top of the difficulties he was experiencing with the 2010 tyres at the start of the season.
Massa was out-qualified by Fernando Alonso in four of the first five races of the year and often seemed to be off his team mate’s pace.
But in Istanbul he out-qualified Alonso and finished ahead of him on the track. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph he said:
The only thing I have found tough this season is the problems I have had with the tyre temperatures in Australia, China and Spain. But I knew it was a technical problem. In the last race I was back to normal. Ultimately the car is just not good enough.
His struggles led to speculation he would be replaced at Ferrari at the end of the year. But he dismissed the reports saying:
I think sometimes people don’t know what they are talking about. I mean, look, nobody cares about Mark Webber, then he wins two races and all of a sudden he is amazing. Now Sebastian is ‘crumbling under the pressure’.
After two races people change their minds very quickly. The fact is there are lots of drivers who are capable of winning the championship.