The absence of Fernando Alonso
from the Belgian Grand Prix
after the first corner accident at La Source meant that Ferrari's focus at Spa was on Felipe Massa, and he's hoping that a strong run from 14th in qualifying to fifth place at the chequered flag will help his case for staying at Maranello for another season.
"I don't know if this race changes anything regarding my future, but I am very satisfied," said Massa after the race.
"It was a nice race and fifth place is a great result, if you think of where I started," he added. "At the start, I managed to pass both Red Bulls, but then I had to move right over to the left side to avoid the tangle of cars that included Fernando and I lost almost all the ground I had made up in the opening metres."
The leading cars of Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel
and Michael Schumacher were attempting a one-stop strategy, but that didn't work out for Schumacher who had to come in for a late second stop after all.
Massa said that Ferrari
had never regarded that strategy as a viable one for them and so joined the two-stopped that included Kimi Raikkonen
and Nico Hulkenberg, who finished just ahead of Massa in third and fourth place.
"The one stop option was not practicable for us," he insisted. "We made the right choice, managing to be very quick when we really needed to be."
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali agreed that Massa had driven "a great race" at Spa, adding: "We are happy for him, because a good result is just what was required at this point of the season."
"A great race from Felipe, who staged a strong climb up the order with some nice passing moves," added the team's technical director Pat Fry.
Massa added that he was looking forward to next weekend, when Ferrari
will be competing in their home Grand Prix at Monza.
"It would be wonderful to be competitive [at our home race] and get a great result in front of our fans who, I'm sure of it, will show us their passionate support," said Massa. "The track is different to all the others and so it is very difficult to predict what the hierarchy might be among the teams."