Time for the real Massa to stand up

Time for the real Massa to stand up

Felipe Massa has not been a regular victory contender since 2008, but he enters Melbourne with a good car under him, and as a potential dark horse. EDD STRAW asks if the Brazilian can recapture past glories.

Felipe Massa has a genuine shot at winning the Australian Grand Prix. How long has it been since it has been possible to say something like that heading into a Formula 1 weekend?

Save for the 2010 German Grand Prix, in which Sebastian Vettel's excessive swerve off the line to block Fernando Alonso allowed Massa to take a lead he only lost to Ferrari team orders, the Brazilian has not seriously contended for a win since the end of his superb 2008 season.

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