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Sunday, June 29, 2008

David vs. Goliath, Lewis vs. Media, and Massa vs. The Flu

Robert Kubica says BMW Sauber are going to have to up their game to hold on to second in the constructors’ championship.

It been a bit of Jekyll and Hyde for the Hinwil squad in recent weeks as Canada’s 1-2 was followed by French disappointment.

“In Magny-Cours our gap to Ferrari was the highest so far and this was emphasised by the fact that some other teams have instead closed the gap to us,” Kubica told the Official Formula One Web site. “It’s a signal that we need to take very seriously - and one we must react quickly to.”

The Pole said he thinks the next few races will prove to be a turning point in the championship. While he believes the team’s second place in the constructor’s race is well earned, he still feels like “a ‘David’ against lots of ‘Goliaths’.”

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McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton believes the media “will be back on my side” once his luck turns on the track.

Hamilton has been receiving a fair amount of criticism from the British media ahead of his home race after a pair of disappointing performances that have found him 10 points off the pace in fourth.

For his part, Hamilton said meeting the press right after he gets out of the car isn’t his favorite pastime.

“You've just done an hour and a half race and worked your backside off, and then they expect you to sit down and straightaway get out of the car and talk to people,” Hamilton told BBC Radio 5 Live. "Are you crazy? Damn man, I'm knackered! I need a drink! Sometimes I like to do that.”

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Felipe Massa is dealing with a bout of the flu.

The Brazilian, who suffered from a stiff neck in last week’s French Grand Prix, drove the first two days of testing at Silverstone after picking up a bug before handing off to teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Now the Ferrari ace says he needs time off.

“To be honest, I need to have some rest now,” Massa said on the team’s official Web site. “I picked up a cold bug and had to do two days of testing with some sort of influenza and now I am completely tired. I need to relax and concentrate on the next race.”
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