Felipe Massa believes that his championship total would be far higher had it not been for some hard luck so far in 2013.
The Ferrari driver has experienced a difficult start to the season, suffering crashes in Monaco and Canada which have stunted his form, whilst two punctures at the Bahrain Grand Prix saw him struggle home in 15th position.
“I’m very upset about what happened in Bahrain, with the tires and the hits I’ve had,” he explained to Totalrace.
“That hurt my score, but I’m happy with the car I’m driving and that’s what counts most.”
However, Massa has shown signs of his true pace, scoring a podium at the Spanish Grand Prix and claiming a further four scores, and he is confident that he has a future with Ferrari after years of speculation that he may be released by the team.
“I am calm, I think it’s important to have a good pace. I’m feeling good in the car and have a good pace.
“In my opinion, if you had a driver that was much better to get into my place, okay. But I think not.”
Massa is already the second longest serving driver in Ferrari’s history (behind Michael Schumacher), and he will celebrate his 200th grand prix during 2014.
Marco Andretti wanted to do something really special to honor the 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway (now known as ISM Raceway).
So the third-generation Andretti, along with his team, Andretti-Herta Autosport, came up with a plan and design that will take longtime race fans back in time when it appears early next month for the Phoenix Grand Prix.
Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will be decked out in the colors of the car his grandfather won his last race on the one-mile short track 25 years ago.
“When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up.
“It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”
The car is a virtual double of the legendary Newman-Haas Racing and Texaco/Havoline-sponsored car Mario drove on that celebratory day in the Valley of the Sun 2 ½ decades ago.
Various events and ceremonies during the April 6-7 race weekend will honor the senior Andretti. That includes several of his former competitors who will be on hand to celebrate with Mario, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Arie Luyendyk, and of course, son Michael Andretti and grandson Marco Andretti.
Check out what happened on that day 25 years ago: