Felipe Massa: “Hungary is a special place for me”

Felipe Massa led the early stages of the British Grand Prix three weeks ago at Silverstone before dropping to fourth at the chequered flag, but will be hoping for a return to the podium when Formula 1 arrives at the Hungaroring this weekend for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hungary has not been kind to Massa over the years, with the Brazilian lucky to survive after being hit in the head during qualifying in 2009, having lost the lead due to a Ferrari mechanical issue during the final few laps of 2008 after dominating the event up to then, but despite this, the Williams Martini Racing driver feels the venue is special.

“Hungary is a special place for me,” said Massa. “I have a lot of fans there after my accident in 2009 and since then the people have really got behind me which is great.”

Massa reckons the Hungaroring circuit would not normally suit the Williams team, but hopes the upgrades that have been focused on making the car better through the medium and slow-speed corners will pay off this weekend.

“Being so close to a city which has such fantastic culture really adds to the race weekend,” commented Massa.

“This circuit wouldn’t normally suit our car because it’s quite low speed, but we have improved the car so much in recent races with the upgrades we have introduced so we should have another competitive weekend.”