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Massa more confident with new chassis for Malaysia - Ferrari give Felipe a new car, hoping to prove his performance

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Massa more confident with new chassis for Malaysia
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Ferrari will give Felipe Massa a new chassis for the Malaysian Grand Prix, or perhaps an old one, reverting to the machinery he used whilst testing pre-season. The team’s decision came with a statement on their website, claiming it wasn’t a surprise to them to see the media’s reaction to Massa’s relatively poor performance in Australia. They want to prove that it was the car and not the driver, which is an unusual show of solidarity from them towards the Brazilian.

They said: “This choice was taken to clear up any doubts about the unusual performance of his car during the weekend at Albert Park.”

Massa himself, said: “We are changing the chassis for this race and I think it is the right thing to do. Every time I drove this car during winter testing I never had any of the problems I had from the first day in Australia. The day after Fernando drove the same car in Barcelona for example, there was never anything strange or different in terms of lap times, race pace or tyre degradation. Then you arrive in Australia and see that everything is different, so changing the chassis is definitely the right thing to do.”