Massa: Ferrari working towards 2012

Felipe Massa believes Ferrari will be using the final three races of the 2011 Formula One season to build towards challenging once again in 2012.

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Ferrari are currently third in the constructors standings behind champions Red Bull and McLaren, and have only won one race this season, which came when Fernando Alonso finished first at the British Grand Prix.

And while the team have little to fight for in the remaining three races of the season, Massa is hoping a strong showing will serve them well as they look to establish themselves as genuine contenders next year.

"We will tackle these last races trying to get a podium finish and who knows, if possible maybe fight for the victory, which is always our target, always the direction we are working in," Massa said on Ferrari's official website.

"At the same time, we are also already working very hard for next year.

"Development of the car is ongoing as we put together all our ideas, trying to keep all the good points from this year's car and changing those areas that did not work so well."

Massa, who has not finished higher than fifth in any race this season, will get a chance to try out a new track at this weekend's Indian Grand Prix, which is making its debut on the Formula One calendar.

However, it appears both him and compatriot Rubens Barrichello have had prior experience tackling the Buddh International Circuit, albeit through a computer game.

"It looks very nice, very interesting with some good opportunities for overtaking."

Barrichello, who races for Williams, even revealed he has incurred the wrath of his wife for spending hours at time battling Massa at the game.

"It's him [Massa] my wife is angry with, not me! He is the one who introduced me to the game," joked Barrichello.

Following this weekend's Indian Grand Prix, the drivers will take on the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on November 13, before ending the season in Brazil two weeks later.

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