Massa writes off Heidfeld’s title hopes

Felipe Massa has ruled Nick Heidfeld out of this year’s title race while touting the German’s team-mate Robert Kubica as BMW’s best hope for the top honours.

Heidfeld has been consistently out-qualified by Kubica in recent races and although the German has not been far behind come race day, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa believes it is the Pole who is best placed to take the fight to McLaren and Ferrari.

“I think it will be very competitive, for sure,” Massa said in the Wednesday press conference pointing to the closely fought title battle.

“For the moment it looks as if it’s between Ferrari and McLaren and maybe Robert (Kubica) is doing a great job as well.”

“He can be very competitive so I would maybe put these four drivers in the fight, including Heikki maybe, who had some bad luck in the last races but he has a good car and he can be competitive as well.”

“I think it will be between Ferrari, McLaren and maybe Robert.”

Kubica has had an impressive start to his 2008 campaign notching up his first career pole position in Bahrain, scoring two consecutive podiums, and pushing McLaren and Ferrari hard in each race so far.

And the rumours in the paddock are that Ferrari are keen to recruit the Pole’s services for 2009.

Heidfeld is currently four points adrift of his team mate in the championship and a further fifteen points behind championship leader Kimi Raikkonen.