The introduction of a new Ferrari car, to compete using Pirelli tyres, has prompted Felipe Massa to suggest he could contend with Fernando Alonso this year.
Massa is under pressure to perform in the Formula One World Championship this coming season, after struggling with Pirelli's new tyres last season.
As the Brazilian's contract is set to expire with Ferrari at the end of the 2012 season, the Italian racing team's boss Stefano Demenicali has already called for a serious improvement in Massa's performance.
Despite the increased pressure though, the 30-year-old was in a bullish mood during a recent Wrooom media event.
He stated his belief that with new Ferrari car could see him compete more with teammate Fernando Alonso for points.
"On the race tracks where there was not a marked degradation of tyres, the difference was shown mostly with my driving style," he explained.
"So returning to having a car, as the one we had for many years, having a car that is competitive, this difference does not exist."
Massa believes this change could not only help him compete with Alonso, but also push for more podium finishes in the coming year.
Posted by Danielle Barge