Nov.27 (GMM) Felipe Massa has revealed that amid his tumultuous 2012 season, he thought about quitting.
When the Brazilian mounted the podium in his native Brazil on Sunday, he openly cried.Following a dire start to his 2012 campaign, and indeed a fallow few seasons since his almost fatal injuries of 2009, the 31-year-old has managed to recover his form more recently.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."First of all I was on the podium, which is a great emotion," Massa told Sportv's Bem Amigos programme."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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