Massa – “I’m glad Ferrari did not want me”
Felipe Massa admits that he is “glad” that Ferrari dropped him at the end of last year, after a positive start to his Williams career.
Massa spent eight years driving for Ferrari before the team opted to replace him for 2014 with the Brazilian’s ex-team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
But, as the 33-year-old – who raced alongside Michael Schumacher, Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso at the Scuderia – admits, he has no regrets about losing his seat, having since enjoyed a bright start to his Williams career.
“Looking back now, I am even glad that Ferrari did not want me because it opened the way for coming to Williams,” Massa told Germany’s Sport Bild.
“You know, sometimes a change is good. I’m pretty relaxed, motivated, the team respects me.
“I’m older but I feel young again. I’m ready to fight and work hard. I regret nothing.
“It was absolutely the right move,” he added.
Pressed on whether he missed the high-pressure nature of Ferrari and the level of expectation that comes from racing for the sports most famous team, Massa response was: “Absolutely not!”
“Here at Williams I think only about the racing, which is better,” he said.
“At Ferrari [the pressure] was huge — if you don’t win, you have a big load on your shoulders.
“You try to use it as positive energy, but you are constantly tense.”
Kimi Raikkonen, the Brazilian’s replacement at Ferrari, has struggled since his return to the Scuderia, the Finn having been unable to rekindle the form that made him world champion with the team in 2007, with just 17 points to his team-mate Alonso’s 61.
But Massa is not surprised by Raikkonen’s early season woes in comparison to the Spaniard’s, having told Auto Bild that the Finn is “maybe not quite as good” as Alonso.
“In 2007 he was champion, but until Monza I was ahead of him,” said Massa
“Unfortunately, in our team we had an agreement that Monza would decide who is the number 1, and I was ahead of Kimi when I had a problem with my car.
“In 2008 I was in front of him,” he added, “and also up until my accident in Hungary in 2009. Nevertheless, Kimi is world champion, and I’m not.”
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