Felipe Massa has revealed that he will be striving to go one better than his did in 2008 and claim the Formula One world championship title should the 2010 Ferrari allow him to be competitive.
The claim is a remarkable one given that the Brazilian suffered a serious head injury during qualifying at last season's Hungarian Grand Prix, but he insists that he feels as healthy as ever, and buoyed by the support he has received from the Scuderia since Budapest.
"It's great to be back here year after year - this is the best possible way to start the season, absolutely unique, working and having fun,” he told the media at Ferrari's annual Wroom
event in Madonna di Campiglio, before going on to discuss his recovery and the road ahead.
“After the accident, I never thought I had to stop racing. I was convinced that I could be back on the track already in Valencia," he continued, “The accident hasn't changed anything in my work approach and in my way of thinking. Because I had to cope with so many difficulties in my life, I always learned a lot.
"I always had lots of support from Ferrari, from when I started racing for this team, but the strength and the availability they showed after my accident was really incredible. I knew that I could count on them, but what they gave me was really exceptional."
Massa's return to fitness was 'interrupted' by the arrival of his son but, asked if his life has changed now that he was a father, the Brazilian insisted that he remained as focused as ever on the job of winning the championship.
“The arrival of my son made my life very special, but I haven't changed the way I'm living the races," he claimed, "When I sit behind the wheel, I don't think about my family. It is only when I come back to the garage that I remember that I'm a dad now. They say that you lose one second per lap for every child? A champion like Schumacher has won a lot and he has two children….”