The British Grand Prix
was surely the best performance so far this season for Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who had struggled with poor form for the first few races of 2012 but has been increasingly coming back to life ever since Monaco.
"It was a good race and I am glad to have finally brought home a good result for me and for the team," beaming as widely as if he'd made it onto the podium rather than just being squeezed out by his team mate Fernando Alonso
and the two Red Bulls.
"Race after race, the situation has been improving and now we are capable of fighting for the podium," he insisted. "It might have happened here, but it could also have been possible in Montreal and Valencia, which means that today's performance is not a fluke."
Massa got past Sebastian Vettel
off the line, and had a fun time in the early stages of the race holding Vettel back while simultaneously duelling with his 2006 Ferrari
team mate Michael Schumacher.
"I got a good start and then there was long and close duel with Michael and I lost some time behind him," Massa described. "Vettel benefited from that, managing to get past me in the run of pit stops."
After that, the similarity of pace between the Red Bull
meant that Massa had little chance of recovering the podium place before the chequered flag, and had to focus instead don new threats from behind.
"In the final stint, I concentrated mainly on defending my position against Kimi who was coming back at me very quickly," he said. "Maybe if there had been a few more laps, he would have managed to get by."
Massa's prominent resurgence in the last few races seem to have quelled much of the speculation about his place in the team in 2013.
"Is it enough to confirm my place at Ferrari? I don't see any reason why that could not happen [if] the results come," he said. "We must continue to push, as we have done over these past few months and then, I'm sure the results will come."
Massa was also getting praise and support for his recent pick-up in form from both his team mate and from his team principal.