Ferrari number two driver Felipe Massa has vowed to fight back after a disappointing start to the 2012 F1 season - and he is determined now to move on and put Australia and Malaysia in the past.
Massa has yet to score this year and following the race at the Sepang International Circuit on Sunday he changed his plans and was at Maranello this week in Italy for a major debrief with his race engineer Rob Smedley and Ferrari technical director, Pat Fry.
Following those meetings, the 2008 world championship runner-up is now feeling much more upbeat and he is determined to re-pay the faith shown in him by Ferrari team principal, Stefano Domenicali and Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.
“I am disappointed, there is no denying it: not scoring any points in [the first] two races hurts, but now it's time to turn the page,” Massa wrote in his blog on the Scuderia's official website. “It's the not the first time I've gone through a difficult moment like this and I know well that things can change quickly, but now is the moment to do my utmost because I want this negative period to come to an end.
“I want things to return to normal, to a situation in which I can show my talent as I have always done and as the team knows I can do.
“I was very happy to read and hear what was said by President Montezemolo, our boss Stefano Domenicali and my team-mate Fernando [Alonso]. Their words did not come as a surprise, because I know I can count on the support of what is a real second family for me, which is what Ferrari has been to me for all these years.
“I feel there is confidence around me, that the team is united in its support for me and that is very important. Now I want to transform that into results to pay back all this support.”
Massa now plans to spend the new few days with his family in Monaco, before returning to Maranello next week for further meetings and work in the simulator.
“Pat ran through with me the details of the F2012 development programme and we hope we can slightly improve our performance already in Shanghai,” Massa continued. “Both there and at Sakhir, one of my favourite tracks, we will once again on the counter-attack, trying to fine tune the car as well as possible to make the most of any opportunity, just as Fernando did in Sepang.
“The championship looks like being long and closely contested, with many teams seemingly able to fight for the top places and it only takes a little to find yourself in the front or the back.
"We hope we can make good progress as soon as possible and put ourselves solidly in the lead group!”
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