Felipe Massa says he is more motivated than ever heading into 2013

Brazilian rediscovered his form towards the end of the season

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 17/12/12 3:12pm

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Felipe Massa: Found his form at the end of the season

Felipe Massa: Found his form at the end of the season

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Felipe Massa says he is more motivated than ever heading into 2013 after rediscovering his form towards the end of the season.

The Ferrari driver had looked a shadow of his former self since he returned from a serious head injury sustained at the 2009 Hungarian GP.

But with his future at the team in doubt, Massa provided a timely reminder to the Tifosi at Monza, out qualifying Fernando Alonso for the first time all season, before taking his first podium finish for the first time in nearly two years at the Japanese GP.

A one-year contract extension soon followed and the Brazilian is hoping to carry that momentum into 2013 and is looking be competitive from the outset.

"This has been a very difficult year for me, especially at the start, when we couldn't find the right way to move forward with our car," the 31-year-old said.

"The second part was very different: I was more competitive and I managed to get back to the way I was before.

"Now I am more motivated than ever: the second part of the season was like a training session for next year."

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