Massa enjoying the pressure

Thursday 26-September-2013 13:11

Felipe Massa believes he is thriving now that he knows he is driving for his future following Ferrari's decision not to renew his contract.

The Brazilian confirmed his departure from the Scuderia after the Italian Grand Prix with the Ferrari bosses announcing a few days later that he would be replaced by Kimi Raikkonen.

Massa then revealed in the build-up to the Singapore Grand Prix that he "will not race for Alonso from now on" adding that "the time has come to look after myself".

However, he was quickly reminded by Luca di Montezemolo who is the boss with the Ferrari president insisting he would "definitely" continue to help the Spaniard and the team in the Constructors' Championship.

Instead of sulking though, Massa got his head down in Singapore over the weekend and outqualified team-mate Alonso and then managed to finish sixth.

The 32-year-old believes the fact that he is on his way out of Ferrari coupled with Sebastian Vettel's imperious form has helped him.

Asked by Autosport if he felt he was performing better under the circumstances, he replied: "Yes, sure; I am enjoying it a lot.

"Like I said there is not so much I can do: the only help Fernando can have is coming from Sebastian, it's not coming from me. This is the situation.

"Vettel had the pace of minimum 1s quicker than everybody. He was going to win the race [whatever].

"Most of the teams are not working on the car from here to the end of the year, so I'm sure it will stay like that; I'm sure [he] will have a competitive car from here to the end of the year."

Massa started sixth on the grid at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, but he didn't make the most of it as he made a poor start and had to fight his way back through traffic.

"For sure the race could have been better, but it could have been worse looking at everything that happened," he said.

"I did a fantastic start but then in the first corner I was blocked on the inside and I couldn't overtake anybody, I even lost positions.

"That was one of the issues because after that I was always behind somebody on the track.

"At the end many cars were struggling on tyres so we were able to get back to sixth.

"I would say looking at everything that happened, that was not so bad."

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