Massa laments back luck so far in 2013

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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.

INDYCAR: Newgarden, Sato quickest in first of 2 Friday practices at Road America

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Josef Newgarden was quickest in the first of Friday’s two INDYCAR practice sessions at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion covered the 4.048-mile, 14-turn course with a best lap of 1:43.0477, followed by Takuma Sato (1:43.4729), Alexander Rossi (1:43.5603), Robert Wickens (1:43.5774) and Marco Andretti (1:43.8825).

Sixth-quickest was Tony Kanaan (1:44.0429), followed by Spencer Pigot (1:44.1080), Zach Veach (1:44.1306), Scott Dixon (1:44.1643) and Matheius Leist (1:44.2963).

Alfonso Celis Jr., making his Verizon IndyCar Series debut and with Juncos Racing, was 22nd quickest in the 23-car field at 1:44.9164, while Gabby Chaves was the slowest driver on the course at 1:46.4485.

While there were no significant incidents during the 45-minute session, a number of drivers struggled in several turns, primarily due to some lingering puddles from overnight rain, as well as on rumble strips that threw their cars into adjacent grass areas.

The second practice session today takes place at 4:15 p.m. ET.

A third practice kicks off Saturday’s busy day at Noon ET, followed by qualifying at 4 p.m. ET, the second round of qualifying at 4:40 p.m. ET and the third and final round of qualifying at 5 p.m. ET.

The weekend’s main event, Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix, takes the green flag shortly after 1 p.m. ET. Make sure to tune in to NBCSN for the live telecast of the race.

We’ll have the full practice grid and driver quotes shortly. Please check back soon.

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