Madonna di Campiglio, 17 January –Every year, the level of competition in Formula 1 increases and the stability in the regulations makes it more of a challenge for the teams. The hierarchy is determined by the unity and harmony of those involved, in every area, including the drivers. It’s something Felipe Massa has been well aware of throughout his career. In 2012, like never before he got plenty of opportunities to demonstrate his spirit as a team player, there for the good of the team. This aspect is certainly a cornerstone for all teams, but it’s the form and the performance he showed in 2008 that Felipe really wants to recapture in order to guaranteee, to himself as much as anyone, a consistency in terms of performance, if he is to have designs on the world title.
“I can’t imagine a team not wanting two competitive drivers,” said Felipe. “We are fighting for two titles and I am sure the team will help me if it turns out that my situation was the same as the one that meant Fernando was a contender these past years. I remember when Kimi was my team-mate and how much we helped one another from one season to the next. It’s the same with Fernando, it’s team work, while the harmony between us is a help, as it would be in any job. In Australia we start over from zero and it will all depend on my ability and on the way the championship pans out. I hope to get off to the best possible start and my aim is always to carry the Brazilian flag onto the highest step of the podium. This year, I am the only Brazilian in Formula 1 and it was an emotional time on the podium in Interlagos last year, hearing the fans cheering my name: it’s a sign of the affection and closeness I feel from my country and that is fundamental for me.
”Felipe ended the press conference with a few observations on the new Ferrari which will be unveiled on 1 February and on who might be his rivals in 2013. “We must wait and see the new car on track and right from the second test, we will have some indication, but it won’t be until Australia that we will know if we have done a good job. Vettel is definitely one of our main rivals, but McLaren also finished last year with a very quick car and the stability of the regulations means they too will be contenders. In any case, I am confident in my team and I am sure Ferrari will be in the hunt.”