Felipe Massa’s manager Nicolas Todt has stated Ferrari's belief in the Brazilian after a disastrous campaign that saw Massa become the first Ferrari driver since 1992 to complete a season without finishing on the podium.
Massa spent this season being dominated by his team mate Fernando Alonso and the Brazilian's manager speaking to Motorsport-Total says "It was obviously a very average season for Felipe, but he himself is the first to admit this."
Todt refutes suggestions Massa's performance decline has anything to do with his near fatal accident in 2009, "Honestly, I do not think the accident changed Felipe", says Todt, and suggesting it is instead a confidence thing, "Self-confidence plays a large role in getting results. Ferrari have supported Felipe. He has people who believe in him fully, otherwise Ferrari would not have extended his contract. This is a good sign."
With rumours circulating of Robert Kubica being lined up for a Ferrari test in the Spring and Ferrari's president Luca di Montezemolo saying recently concerning Massa, "We expect great things from him in 2012, and then we'll decide how to proceed", there is substantial pressure on the 2008 world championship runner-up.
However Todt remains philosophical "Three years ago Felipe was almost world champion, two years ago we did not know whether he would ever race again. Life is so unpredictable, but many great drivers have been through hard times and turned the tide." says Massa's manager.