Massa: I paid too much attention to the speculation about my future

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa speaks to media in Valencia

Dec.3 (Ferrari) Felipe Massa is a veteran of the Finali Mondiali, having been part of the Maranello squad since the 2002 season and there was no way was he going to miss this year’s edition in Spain, and at the same time take the opportunity to reflect on the Formula One season that has just ended.

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari celebrates with his wife Rafaela Bassi (BRA) in parc ferme. Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 25 November 2012.The umpteenth transatlantic crossing brought Massa to Europe, just a week after the end of the 2012 championship, “It’s always nice taking part in events like this one,” said Felipe when he met the press at the Cheste circuit. “To see so many Ferraris on track is very exciting, even if it’s definitely not the first time for me!”

Massa also spoke of the championship that ended last weekend with his second podium finish of the season, coming in front of his home crowd.

“In the first half of the year, I was worried about renewing my contract,” he said. I did not think that Ferrari would really wait right to the end of the summer before deciding on the driver line-up for next year. It’s true that ever since I’ve been at Maranello, there have always been rumours about me: already in my first year there was a list of drivers who were supposed to take my place and it was the same this year, with a lot of names and plenty of speculation,” he recalled.

“At the start, I paid too much attention to these things, but then, in August, I told myself I should only think about racing and having fun and so I began to really drive, to have the right feeling with the car and to drive as quickly as I know how. Now I feel very strong and the results were there to see in the last nine races: so I am optimistic for the future – mine and Ferrari’s,” concluded the Brazilian.

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  • zane

    he definatly did well at the 2nd half of the season.. shockingly he was quicker than alonso in the final bit … weird but good for him … hope alonso and him can win the drivers and constructors next year ..

  • John

    It’s a shame no matter how fast Massa is he’ll never be allowed to win in his current situation. If he was a true racing driver he’d have looked for a drive elsewhere, but instead he took the money.

    He might not be able to win in the other teams that would have given him a drive, but he’d be allowed to race.