Felipe Massa hopes home advantage will provide an extra boost as he bids to end a podium drought stretching back more than one year at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.
The 30-year-old Brazilian last ascended the rostrum in the inaugural Korean Grand Prix more than 13 months ago. This year he counts fifth place as his best finish, while teammate Fernando Alonso has racked up one victory and 10 podiums, leaving him with more than double Massa's points total. Having won twice before in Brazil, however – he took his second F1 victory in 2006 and his last to date in a famous 2008 season finale – Massa hopes Interlagos will herald an improvement in his fortunes.
"When you race at home it is like a different championship," Massa said. "I'm happy to have achieved two victories here in Sao Paulo and I'm looking forward to another strong weekend.
"We have the same car, no new parts but I think when you race at home it is better – I think you feel that extra power from the people, which helps. So I hope I can fight for the podium, and am looking forward to having the best result of my season this weekend."
Massa has come under pressure as a result of his struggles this year, with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo saying he needed to "prove himself" next season. In response he vowed to improve for 2012, but insists such concerns will take a back seat while he focuses on this year's Brazilian GP.
"For sure you cannot just forget and look to next year – Brazil is a very important race for us," Massa said. "I'm thinking about this race 100 percent - and then on Sunday, after the race, we will move everything to next year which I definitely hope will be much better."