Massa feared Formula 1 career was over
18 January 2013 – Felipe Massa has admitted that he was concerned about his Formula 1 future last year, with the Brazilian enduring a difficult start to the 2012 campaign. The Ferrari driver adopted a new approach from the midway point of the season and significantly improved his results, later earning a new one-year contract with the Italian outfit.
"I thought about so many things," Massa told BBC Sport at Ferrari's Wrooom event in Italy. "I thought maybe I was finished. I thought maybe I was not staying at Ferrari. I did not know what was going to happen. So many things were inside my brain. But I think the results are the most important, so if you are able to change then things change very quickly in Formula 1.
"Many people said that I was just using fuel at the beginning of the year, but afterwards they wanted me to stay with Ferrari because it was the best option. I think the important thing is to work and to have good results, then nothing else is important."
Massa also revealed that he acquired the services of a sports psychologist at the low-point of his season, a decision he believes was crucial in securing his seat.
"I also worked with a sports psychologist," he said. "That was the beginning. After that I was able to change the direction to work. But my family definitely helps, 100 percent."
Massa last stood on the top step of the podium at the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix.