Massa hopes for hat−trick in Brazil

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 23, 2012 10:20 hrs

Sao Paulo, Nov 23 (IANS) Brazilian driver Felipe Massa has hinted he will put Ferrari team strategy aside in a bid to win his home Formula One Grand Prix for a third time at Interlagos Sunday.

The 31−year−old has built a reputation for sacrificing personal accolades in favour of team success during his 10−year F1 career, Xinhua reports.

But speaking during a press conference at Interlagos Thursday, Massa did not hide his desire to add another home victory to his 2006 and 2008 triumphs.

"I want to win again here. This is a special place for me, and who knows, maybe I will win with Alonso coming in second and winning the championship," Massa said.

After a poor start to the season, Massa has accumulated points at a consistent rate in the second half of the year.

He is currently seventh on 107 points.

Massa's Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso − second in the driver's standings, 13 points behind Vettel − is the only driver capable of denying the German his third straight championship victory in Sunday's season−ending race.

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