Resurgent Massa happy to trump Alonso

  • Reuters, Sepang
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  • Updated: Mar 24, 2013 00:44 IST

Ferrari's Felipe Massa is fast becoming the renaissance man of Formula One after a strong start to 2013 following signs of improvement at the end of last year.

Massa's seat came under intense pressure last season but the Italian team's decision to retain his services appears to be bearing fruit as he out-qualified team mate Fernando Alonso for a fourth straight race at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Brazilian made full use of a late stop for fresh intermediate tyres on a drying Sepang Circuit to claim second spot on the grid behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, pushing Alonso back to third with his first front row start since 2010.

"I feel comfortable in the car. I think whenever you feel comfortable you can do a good lap and you can use the car to the maximum, it's possible," said Massa, who qualified and finished fourth in the season-opening race in Melbourne last weekend.


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