October 2, 2012 (F1plus Team).- Some improvement had taken Felipe Massa out of the media coverage recently, but now it seems it's picking up momentum again after all the things that happened last week.
Lewis Hamilton somewhat surprising move to Mercedes, was overmatched by the more surprising decision of McLaren of replacing the Brit with no other but Sergio Perez, who was believed to take Massa's seat at Ferrari.
The speculation about the Brazilian destiny was a hot subject since the start of the season, and once results started to come, and they were not encouraging, but above all, too far from those of his peer with the same wheels, Fernando Alonso, the prospects for him staying at Ferrari looked dim.
Several drivers have been linked to Massa's seat for next year, and now with Perez out of the picture, both Force India drivers, Nico Hulkenberg and Paul Di Resta, are mentioned as the options.
As things stand right now, Felipe Massa says that he is no longer worrying about his future as he prepares for the final six races of the season without a contract for 2013.
Just ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, insists in his goal of scoring results to help his teammate Fernando Alonso secure the drivers' title.
"Of course my future is important, but right now it's the results that are the most important thing, which means I have to concentrate on each race as it comes," he told Ferrari's website. "I know what I can do, what I can give to the team and what are my talents. The team also knows this, because I've been here with them for rather longer than a day or even a year! The best plan is to race without worrying about the future."
Massa’s is confident the Ferrari F2012 will be competitive this weekend because of the nature of the Suzuka track.
"Even if it will be tough, this weekend, I would love to be fighting for pole and victory again. Our car can be competitive at Suzuka, because there are plenty of high speed corners which suits the F2012, as can be seen from the fact we were competitive in Silverstone back in the summer and these two tracks have some characteristics in common, in terms of the required levels of downforce and how you set-up the car.
"In fact, I hope we can be more competitive at all the remaining tracks, as every race now is very important for the team and for Fernando and also for me of course! We all know that we need to work hard in order to be as competitive as possible at every track.
"The car changed a lot since the mid-season test in Mugello and we have developed it all the time since then. We have tested constantly, nearly always bringing new parts to the track at each race. The job is all about scoring one more point than the others when it comes to the final race and so I hope we can improve it even more for the remaining races than we have done so far." Massa said.
The Brazilian has stood on the Nippon podium once, on the second step, after he had the honour of starting from pole there back in 2006.
At the end, Massa pledges about his commitment and work discipline, which should help his case for another year or more with the team.
“I know what I can do, what I can give to the team and what are my talents. The team also knows this, because I’ve been here with them for rather longer than a day or even a year! The best plan is to race without worrying about the future.” He added.