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Massa Says It’s Not Too Late For Title Fightback Despite Ferrari’s Worst Start in Over 15 Years

Felipe Massa, one of last seasons main title contenders, has claimed it is not too late for a Ferrari fightback despite one of the worst starts for the Scuderia in years.

The last time the team failed to score any points in the first two rounds of the F1 season was back in 1992, when Ferrari were stuck in their slump of form which had nearly destroyed them through the 1980’s.  Back then it was Jean Alesi, Nicola Larini and Ivan Capelli driving the number 27 and 28 Ferrari FA92A’s on goodyear tyres.

The slump they had ended when Michael Schumacher joined the team in 1996, and title successes came between 2000 and 2004.  Kimi Raikkonen hit the big time in 2007, but with the new regulations Ferrari have lost their edge.  This week’s ruling in favour of the two tier diffusers will not help the Italian’s charge.

“For sure it won’t be easy,” said Massa in China. “We need to work very hard, we have some teams which have a different car. It won’t be so easy to catch them but I think it can be possible.

“I hope it won’t be so late. I hope it will be in good time to fight for the championship still or to win some races. But anyway we will not give up. We work very hard and I believe we can improve the car a lot.”

Expectations are high, Italian newspapers and magazines are screaming for blood.  A management reshuffle is just the tip of the iceberg for this teams problems right now.

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