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Massa: I can't complain about career

22 January 2013

Felipe Massa says he wouldn't change a thing about his F1 career, despite the struggles he has faced in recent seasons.

The Brazilian has been unable to replicate the kind of form that saw him almost crowned champion in 2008 ever since being involved in his accident in Hungary back in 2009.

Massa has failed to win since his home race at Interlagos in 2008 and looked like losing his drive through the first half of 2012 before an upturn in results saw Ferrari hand him a new one-year deal to stay alongside Fernando Alonso.

Having already said he was keen to return to winning ways this season, Massa insisted he had no regrets over the way his career has gone so far and was happy with everything he had done to date.

“I don't think I would change anything,” he replied when quizzed in a Ferrari question and answer session with fans. “I've had a fantastic career. For sure I don't have a championship yet, I hope, but I've had a great career.

“I won many championships before Formula One, I won many races in Formula One and I fought for the championship. Sure I will try everything I can to fight again and win the championship. I think everything I had, everything I did, was an experience. I learned a lot with everything in the good times and the bad times as well. So I don't think I will change anything.

“I'm not a frustrated guy, you know, I'm a very happy man and I'm very happy with what I have done to now. For sure you always want more and I always want more and I will try everything to achieve more than what I have. I can't change anything and I don't really need to do that because I'm happy with what I did.”

Massa did however admit that he could only be 100 per cent happy on track if he was winning races and showing strongly alongside team-mate Alonso.

“When you are not in front of your team mate or whoever is racing for you, you are not one hundred per cent happy,” he said. “You are always one hundred per cent happy when you are in front and winning the race, winning the the championship or whatever. When you are in front, it makes you the most happy guy in the world.

“But I think having a strong team-mate makes you better as well. I think you learn a lot more. I think definitely when you are in a top team for sure you're going to have a strong team-mate.

“I think when you are behind, you need to work to be in front, that's what I'm doing. I will try everything to be in front of my team mate but also everybody.”


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