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Massa not fazed by McLaren's Barca feats

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Feb.25 (GMM) Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has refused to entertain speculation that McLaren last week bridged the apparent gap between the two teams.

In Barcelona last Thursday for the penultimate pre-season test of the winter period, the 'big two' rivals shared the same track for the first time in a while.

Interestingly, after the surface dried, the MP4-23s driven by Heikki Kovalainen and Pedro de la Rosa were both ahead in the time sheets of the two F2008 models, whose cockpits were occupied by Massa and test driver Luca Badoer.

"If we are talking about the (lap) times, there is nothing to comment on," the Brazilian is quoted as saying by Italy's La Stampa.

"We completed our programme the way we wanted to. In the end, times are important, but they are not the only important thing.

"We were behind by a few fractions, we know there are areas for improvement. And we must continue to work; we must not stop," he insisted.

Massa also insists, however, that he is not bothered if Ferrari travels to the Australian grand prix in two weeks as the apparent favourite.

"This does not create any additional pressure, because also last year we were always fast," he explained.

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