Massa: I’ll do what I can to help Alonso win the championship

Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso

Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso

Aug.23 (GMM) Struggling Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has admitted that his future remains unclear, despite talks with Ferrari about the 2013 season having begun “a long time ago”. He has now revealed that he will do what he can to help teammate Fernando Alonso in his world championship quest.

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2012 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012 at the end of the race. Formula One World Championship, Rd8, European Grand Prix, Race Day, Valencia, Spain, Sunday 24 June 2012.Massa, who is 13 places and 139 points behind his teammate Alonso in the drivers’ championship, is at risk of seeing his Ferrari career end after seven seasons.

Team boss Stefano Domenicali said last week that Massa, 31, “knows what he has to do” to secure a new deal.

“I’ll need to stay prepared and finish the races well to try to have better results in the second half of the year,” Massa said at an event in his native Sao Paulo on Wednesday. “The discussions began a long time ago, but until there is a deal finalised, nothing changes.”

Massa said that his own form is now “on an upswing”, after Ferrari improved the performance of the F2012 car.

He denied that because Alonso is pushing for the championship, he faces an even tougher time to prove to Ferrari that he should stay in 2013.

“It won’t hurt me,” said Massa. “If I’m near Alonso or in front of him I’ll do what I can to help him win the championship, that’s obvious.”

Felipe Massa at the Hungarian GPMassa is quoted by Brazil’s Globo as saying he that has always been under pressure in F1.

“At Sauber I was fired after my first year, and being test driver I had to have good results to get another chance. Then in my first year at Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen was already signed and no one knew if Michael Schumacher would stop or not.

“Then we can speak about Valentino Rossi…actually, in my career, I have been through more difficult times,” he insisted.

“I am confident. I have a chance to continue with Ferrari. What we need to do is keep working on the car, because (in F1) nobody does anything alone.

“Yes the next races are super-important for my future, but it was also the same at the beginning of the championship. I’m 100 per cent focused on my results, and I believe so much in what I am capable of doing, which is what I’ve done many times.”

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