Felipe Massa has insisted that results are the most important thing through the remainder of the 2012 F1 season, and says he isn't worrying about what the future may hold.
The Brazilian remains under pressure when it comes to his seat for the 2013 campaign, with a number of drivers having been linked with his position for next year.
Massa himself could still retain his drive on the back of some more encouraging results of late and the Brazilian insisted that he wasn't thinking about the future and was focusing fully on taking the best results possible from the remaining six races this year.
“Of course my future is important, but right now it's the results that are the most important thing, which means I have to concentrate on each race as it comes,” he said. “I know what I can do, what I can give to the team and what are my talents. The team also knows this, because I've been here with them for rather longer than a day or even a year! The best plan is to race without worrying about the future.”
Massa goes into the Suzuka race this weekend eager to build on the speed he showed in Singapore, where he came from the back of the pack after a puncture on lap one to finish inside the points.
The Brazilian has finished on the podium in Japan in the past, taking second behind then Renault
driver Fernando Alonso.
A similar result this time around would aid Alonso no end in the title race and Massa said he would do all he can to repeat the performance and help his team-mate's championship bid.
“It would be fantastic of course and also very good for our situation in both championships,' he said. “Even if it will be tough, this weekend, I would love to be fighting for pole and victory again. Our car can be competitive at Suzuka, because there are plenty of high speed corners which suits the F2012, as can be seen from the fact we were competitive in Silverstone back in the summer and these two tracks have some characteristics in common, in terms of the required levels of downforce and how you set-up the car.
“In fact, I hope we can be more competitive at all the remaining tracks, as every race now is very important for the team and for Fernando and also for me of course! We all know that we need to work hard in order to be as competitive as possible at every track.”