Sunday 10th May 2009
Although we are just five races into the 2009 season, Felipe Massa has already written off his chances of winning the World Championship.
Massa, last year's Championship runner-up, scored his first points of season when he finished fifth in the Spanish Grand Prix.
The Brazilian, though, is 38 points behind run-away Championship leader Jenson Button, and he doubts whether he will be able close the gap on the Brawn GP driver.
When asked if he thought he can still catch Button, Massa told reporters: "In the Championship? No, I don't think so. We need to be realistic. After five races they won four.
"Even if we improve massively and we are three or four tenths if front of them they will still score points. So forget it."
Ferrari made big improvements at this weekend's race in Barcelona, but Massa believes the difference is still very big.
"In Q2 we were two tenths slower. In qualifying, in Q3 we were four tenths slower because of the fuel. Usually the picture is similar in the race," he said. "Two tenths in the race is quite a big difference. Most of the time they were going slowly away. So that's the real picture at the moment. Maybe we are still a couple of tenths behind.
"Red Bull I don't know because I was always in front of Vettel, so I don't know if I was holding him a lot or he was really similar.
"We still need to improve, but I think if you compare the car we had in this race and the car we had before it's a big stop forward. That's really, really encouraging."
Source : Planet F1