Massa gives 2011 performance 'very low score'

By on Saturday, November 26, 2011

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Felipe Massa has given his 2011 season a "very low score" and vowed to fare better next season, when his Ferrari career will be on the line.

Brazil's Globo quotes him as saying at Interlagos, his home race: "For me, the score is low. You can come up with any number, maybe a little more than five.

"But it is very low," said the Brazilian.

Massa, 30, is an Interlagos specialist and two-time winner, but he seemed to acknowledge only an outside chance he will end this weekend with a mere podium finish.

"If the podium is possible, great, it would be an excellent result. In 2012 everything will change. It is a completely different car."

Felipe Massa has also admitted that, if instructed, he will move over to let his teammate Fernando Alonso pass him at Interlagos.

“If the situation like that happens, I will be professional and obey,” Massa, who controversially moved over for Alonso at Hockenheim last year, told the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper.

But unlike in 2010, when Massa was told cryptically that “Fernando is faster than you”, team orders are now completely legal in F1.

“For my part, it was the most professional way to deal with the situation. As is the case in any business, when you get an order you have to do it.

“I think any professional driver would do the same, even if at the same time it is not easy,” added Massa.

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