Massa eager to hit top form in 2012

Date published: November 23 2011

Felipe Massa insists he has a “very strong desire” to turn his and the Ferrari’s fortunes around next year after a disappointing 2011…

Felipe Massa insists he has a “very strong desire” to turn his and the Ferrari’s fortunes around next year after a disappointing 2011.

With only the Brazilian GP left on the calendar, Massa has scored 108 points compared to team-mate Fernando Alonso’s 245. While Alonso has one race victory and nine podiums to his name, Massa’s best results have been five P5 finishes.

Despite the Brazilian’s struggles, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has reiterated that his place for 2012 is safe but he did warn that “he’ll have to prove himself”.

Massa himself is determined to bounce back next year and hopes the team will be able to fight for victories in every single grand prix.

“This year has not gone so well, but we have tackled it with our usual fighting spirit and that is what we will take forward to next year, when we hope to have a very different sort of Championship to this one just ending,” he said.

“The intention is to be competitive right from the start, fighting for the win in every race. This has not been a fantastic season for me, but neither has it been for the team.

“So as a driver, I have a very strong desire which I share with the whole team to give one hundred percent to improve for next year.”

This weekend’s race at Interlagos will be a special one for Massa at it will be his 100th grand prix start with Ferrari.

“This will be a very important weekend for me, as it will also mark the end of the tenth year since I first raced in Formula 1, although not ten years of competition, as I was a Ferrari test driver in 2003,” he added.

“Fortunately, I am still young and there is more to come, but ten years is still a landmark in an F1 driver’s career.

“Then there are my six years racing for the Scuderia, competing in one hundred Grands Prix for the team, which makes me one of the drivers who has raced the most for this team.

“Therefore, putting it all together, ten years of Formula 1, one hundred races with Ferrari and all of it at home in Brazil, makes this something really special for me. It will be an emotional time and what I would like to add to it all would be a good result come Sunday afternoon.”