Madonna di Campiglio, 17 January –Felipe Massa has never lacked for determination and resolve. Clearly that is still the case this year, as could be seen at the second of today’s Scuderia Ferrari press conferences at the Wrooom event, which the Brazilian has attended countless times now. The last few years may have been difficult for Felipe, but that all appears to be behind him. His approach and mental attitude are undoubtedly proof of that, but as Felipe himself affirms, the real results will be seen on the race track.
“It’s always nice to start the year in Campiglio,” commented the Brazilian. “Skiing and seeing everyone smiling is a great prelude to the season and I hope it is also a good sign for a championship in which I want to be a contender. I consider what I did in the second half of last year as training for this season and I want to be 100% competitive! It was vital for me to change my approach, not so much in terms of understanding the car better or the tyres, but getting a better understanding of myself, believing in my ability, even when so many people said I’d lost it. I took to the track trying to find a sense of calm and especially trying to enjoy myself and that helped a lot in regaining my self-confidence. Today, I feel the fire still burns inside me and I know I can win and be competitive at the highest level, as I have done in the past in my career.”