7 October 2012
Podium may seal another year at Ferrari for Massa
The chances of Felipe Massa having his contract at Ferrari extended for another year took a giant leap forward after the Brazilian driver clinched second place at Suzuka.
Felipe Massa was jubilant at finding himself back on the podium after nearly two years' absence, as he claimed second place in the 2012 F1 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
"Being back on the podium after almost two years away is just great and I feel really uplifted," he beamed. "They have been two tough years for me and, sometimes, a million things go through your mind, some of them bad, but finally I can be happy!
"This race motivates me even more for the rest of the season," he added. "It's even better getting back on the podium here, at a track I like so much and that I have known since the start of my career."
And that career suddenly looks to be a lot more promising looking ahead to the future as well after this weekend's result, with various sources suggesting that Ferrai had decided in advance that their decision on whether or not to retain Massa for 2013 would be decided on how he fared at Suzuka. If that's the case, then Massa can get his pen ready to apply his signature right now.
"It's an important result psychologically and also in terms of my future, at least I think so!" he agreed. "It's really a relief and I'm sure it will be so important for me, for my brain and for my future as well.
"Sometimes, in the hardest moments the best things come," he added. "The first people I want to thank right now are my family, my wife and my son."
Certainly team principal Stefano Domenicali was delighted by Massa's performance, which was vital to the team's constructor championship hopes after Fernando Alonso's first lap retirement.
"What a splendid race Felipe had, producing a truly impeccable performance. It was nice to see him back on the podium after a long, a too long time!," he said. "This second place is a very important result for him and for the team and it comes at one of the most difficult and delicate moments of the season."
That 'delicacy' was a clear allusion to the contract situation for 2013.
"Decisions regarding his future? One step at a time, as now we are enjoying this lovely podium together," said Domenicali, dodging the question for the time being.
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