Felipe Massa saves his seat at Ferrari by ending two-year long podium-less run in Japan
It had been two years without a podium finish for Felipe Massa prior to Japanese Grand Prix. Many questioned Ferrari’s faith in Felipe Massa, after all the 31-year-old hasn’t won a Championship.
In spite of that fact, it is understood that Felipe Massa is considered an asset to Ferrari. The Brazilian has no Championship honors, but he provides excellent support and can be counted upon when he is needed the most.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the race by a mile at Suzuka. The young German drove well, but it was his car, the RB8 that stole the show.
Meanwhile, it was superb driving Felipe Massa that got him across the finish line. The Brazilian was strong and mature in his approach towards the race, after an early retirement from his teammate Fernando Alonso.
The Championship leader, Fernando Alonso had to withdraw from the race after an unfortunate accident on the first turn of race.
Felipe Massa last recorded a podium finish in Korea 2010, which means the victory at Suzuka might just have saved his seat with Ferrari.
“I think it’s fantastic. To come here in Japan, starting tenth, which I was very happy with the car since the practice and then qualifying was not so good,” an exuberant Felipe Massa said in his post race interview.
“I’m sure I was able to start in the top five so I was tenth. I was able to do a very good start, very clever on the first corner with the accident and everything that happened, and then the pace was very good from the car.”
Felipe Massa also showed the pace and power of Ferarri’s F2012, which will be a topic of interest in the upcoming races.
“Since the beginning of the race the pace was really good,” Felipe Massa said. “I was behind Jenson and I was quicker than him, when he stopped to do the pitstop I was straight away half a second quicker per lap, so then I was able to push hard and overtake Jenson but also Kamui which was very quick in the front as well.
“So, for sure the race was much better than I expected. We did a good job, unfortunately Fernando is not here, fighting for the Championship as well, but I am very happy with my race and let’s keep pushing hard to be on the podium now, more than two years but every race now.”