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GP Week : Issue 171
30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> KOREA Felipe Massa says the key to his recent run of good form is knowing how to use Pirelli’s 2012-spec tyres, but he also admits to making a conscious decision not to fret about his future with Scuderia Ferrari. The Brazilian’s seat at the Maranello team has been under the spotlight for some time after a poor start to his 2012 campaign. However, he has staged an admirable comeback in recent races – he achieved his first podium finish in two years at Suzuka and then followed his team-mate, title-contender Fernando Alonso, home in fourth in Korea, despite being quicker. Massa said: “Towards the end of the race, I closed on Fernando but attacking him was never even up for discussion: I know how important every single point is in the title fight. The whole team is doing its utmost to help Fernando and I am there for him, just as the team is.” He puts his turnaround down to having a better understanding of Pirelli’s 2012-spec tyres and a change in his mindset about his future in Formula One. “In this second part of the season, I have probably understood the best way to drive this car on these tyres: now I’m enjoying myself and it’s a pleasure to make the most of everything I’ve got when sitting in the cockpit,” said Massa. “Maybe there was also some pressure regarding my future coming into play: but at a certain point I told myself I should not think about it too much anymore and probably this approach helped. Now I feel stronger and when you enjoy what you are doing, it’s the best.” MASSA NOT THINKING ABOUT FUTURE