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Having secured another year with Ferrari after a strong second half to the 2012 season, Felipe Massa says his hunger to perform is now at its highest.
Playing second fiddle to Fernando Alonso after a disastrous start to the Brazilian’s season, where in the first eight races he scored just 11 points, the 31-year-old registered two podium finishes – his first in two years - in the second half of the campaign.
“This has been a very difficult year for me, especially at the start, when we couldn’t find the right way to move forward with our car,” Massa said. “The second part was very different: I was more competitive and… I managed to get back to the way I was before.
“Now I am more motivated than ever: the second part of the season was like a training session for next year,” he added.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo lauded Massa’s efforts which earned the Italian team second place in the standings.
“I don’t know where you went in the first part of the year,” Montezemolo quipped. “But I am very pleased you came back, both because it meant we were able to finish ahead of major teams in the constructors’ classification, but also because it is important for next year.”