Massa thought his career was over

22 January 2013 03:57

A resurgent Felipe Massa believed his Formula One career was all but over following a form slump in the first half of the 2012 season.

Massa scored a paltry two points in the opening five races of the season, prompting suggestions that Ferrari would part ways with the Brazilian after seven years at the team.

But Massa was handed a one-year contract extension following a turn of speed which saw him collect 56 points in the first five races after the mid-season break.

"Most of the people were sure I was not going to stay at Ferrari, even I was almost sure," he said.

"But I think the only thing that changed was the mentality to get into the race, and thinking about the best for you, thinking about using the car 100 percent."

Massa finished seventh in the drivers' standings, 159 points behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who claimed his third consecutive world title.

His team-mate, Fernando Alonso, who finished just three points behind Vettel, said Ferrari must produce a better car to mount a title challenge.

"We need to learn that with a poor car you cannot win championships, even if you do an extraordinary performance it will be very difficult, so we need to have the right package," the Spaniard said.

"We need to have a competitive car from the beginning to the end and then you need to mix in all the other factors.

"You need to mix the luck, you need to mix the good performance, the pit stop performance, the driver performance, everything. But the main priority is to have a fast car.

"We don't want to finish second; no sportsman wants to finish second when you have the possibility to win.

"There are 24 drivers out there, very talented drivers who want to fight and you are the one who is able to win races, to win podiums, pole positions and fight for the world championship until the end."

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