Massa: I was crying more because of the difficulties than the joys
27 November, 2012
Nov.27 (GMM) Felipe Massa has revealed that during his tumultuous 2012 season, he thought about quitting and as a result of the pressure, as the Brazilian mounted the podium of his home race, on Sunday, he openly cried.
Former F1 driver Marc Surer told Speed Week: “I think the reason [for the turnaround] is twofold.
“First, even a rock like Alonso is not endlessly resilient. The title fight against Vettel, usually with a slower car, has exhausted him.
“I also believe that a number of improvements to the Ferrari have matched Massa’s style of driving more than Alonso’s,” he added.
Whatever the reasons, the fact Massa pulled his career from the brink to secure a new deal for 2013 culminated in his tears on the Interlagos podium.
“But I think I was crying more because of the difficulties than the joys,” he admitted.
“I have taken a lot of punches, and even thought for a moment ‘do I want to do this?’ I had started to think above my head, which had gone into space.
“From there I started to think the way I had always thought again. Behind the podium, I was normal – I was congratulating Vettel, enjoying the moment.
“But the minute I looked at all the stands screaming my name, my wife, my family, my friends, all my mechanics, my team…then I fell (into crying).”
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