Felipe Massa has dismissed claims that he needed to recover from his disastrous showing in the wet at Silverstone a fortnight ago.
The Brazilian spun no fewer than five times in the wet and trailed home plum last prompting speculation about his future with the Scuderia.
When asked in the post-qualifying press conference if his second place grid slot today marked something of a turnaround in fortunes, Massa said that he never had any doubts about his ability in the rain, and that a recovery was out of the question.
“Well I think that is not really a recovery,” he said. “I know I am quick. I know in all my career I was quick in the wet. Even in go karts, always when it rained I won so to be honest I do not believe what people say that I am not good in the wet.”
“I was always good in the wet. I don’t forget how to drive in the wet now I am in F1. I just had a very bad weekend at Silverstone, not just the race the whole weekend was very bad for me.”
“What we saw today here was not the recovery. It was just what we are able to do. That’s our target, to be competitive and we are so it’s just normal.”
While Massa maintains that he has nothing to prove, a wet race on Sunday would no doubt put extra pressure on the Brazilian to prove his critics wrong.