Massa refuses to blame ban

Brazilian says he has "no problem" with new F1 rules

Felipe Massa is refusing to blame Formula One's ban on electronic driver aids for his poor start to the season.

The Ferrari driver started the Malaysian Grand Prix on pole position, but spun off the track on lap 31 of the race while running second to team-mate and world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

The Brazilian also spun at the first corner of the Australian Grand Prix before colliding with Red Bull's David Coulthard mid-way through the race - Massa retiring with an engine failure shortly afterwards.


Massa did concede that driving without electronic drivers aids such as traction control is making "life harder", but dismissed speculation that the ban is the reason why he has yet to finish a race.

"While we have all had to get used to driving without electronic aids since the end of last season, as you will have seen in the two races so far, it does seem to have provoked more incidents, spins and off-track excursions," he wrote in his Ferrari blog.

"It has made life harder than before. Being all the time on the limit at a consistent pace and staying on the racing line makes life more tricky, but I don't think that was the reason I went off the track last Sunday.

"I had a mechanical problem in the first race in Australia and then in Malaysia I had different problems not linked to the traction control. The cars definitely have a different feel to them, but I feel comfortable driving without the electronics and have no problem with it.

"The only real problem will come in conditions when you have less grip, but not in situations like we have experienced so far."


Massa also expressed confidence that he will soon be back to winning ways.

He added: "There are still sixteen races and a hundred and sixty points up for grabs.

"In the next few races I plan to get back all the possible points I have lost in the two opening rounds of this season."