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Massa: European GP win changes nothing

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  • Felipe Massa's European GP win cut Lewis Hamilton's title lead to six points
  • Massa has won four races this season and started from pole four times
  • Another poor weekend for Kimi Raikkonen topped off by an engine failure
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Neale Graham
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Felipe Massa does not consider himself to be Ferrari's No.1 driver despite cruising to victory at the European Grand Prix.

Felipe Massa punches the air after winning the inaugural European Grand Prix on the streets of Valencia.

The Brazilian dominated the weekend in Valencia and took the checkered flag from Lewis Hamilton, cutting the Englishman's championship lead to six points.

With just half a dozen races left to go, Massa has moved seven points clear of team-mate and defending world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

"I feel the same. I always want to beat whichever driver on the track. It doesn't matter if it's my team mate or not, so it doesn't change anything for me," said Massa.

"I always wanted to do my best and I did a lot of good results this season, a lot of bad results as well, but the mentality is the same."

The suggestion is that Ferrari need to throw their support behind one or the other if they are to win their 16th drivers' title.

While Raikkonen has struggled to extract the required pace out of his car in qualifying, Massa has had no such troubles and Sunday's win was his fourth of an increasingly impressive season.

There had been some doubt as to whether Massa would be penalized for being released by his team from his pitstop to the path of the oncoming Force India of Adrian Sutil.

But he protested his innocence afterwards and escaped with just a $14,700 fine.

He said: "I don't think it is me who did anything wrong. They should have been investigating Adrian.

"I was the race leader and he was lapped so he should have given way to me anyway."

As Massa sauntered to the slightly controversial win, Raikkonen's woes continued when his engine blew in what Ferrari believe is a similar failure to the one which cost Massa the win in Hungary three weeks ago.

Raikkonen was down in sixth at the time after a communication problem during Ferrari's pitstop routine saw him run over mechanic Pietro Timpini as his car was refueled.

But a downbeat Raikkonen, now 13 points behind Hamilton, refused to call time on his championship challenge.

"It was definitely not the weekend I was hoping for but I do not believe that, despite this negative result, I am now out of the running for the title," he said.

"There are still six races to go and 60 points up for grabs. We have seen that the situation can change really quickly, even if I realize things are now more complicated.

"Now we must concentrate on preparing for the next rounds and on improving our qualifying performance."

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