Felipe Massa has expressed his appreciation for the support his Ferrari team has shown despite the disappointing results this season.
"Even though I am going through a particularly difficult time right now, with a lack of results in the last couple of races, I know I can count on the support of the team, who have always been behind me 100 percent, especially in the difficult times," said Massa. "I was very pleased to read what our president Montezemolo said after the Japanese Grand Prix. Knowing he has faith in me is something I truly appreciate: he has an excellent understanding of the sport and he knows that you can sometimes go through tough times. The fact his support is always there is very important."
The Brazilian insisted he is determined to give his all in order to help the team in the final races of the season.
"My desire to do as well as possible for me and for the team is the same as ever and that has been my approach to the sport ever since I started in Formula 1," he added. "You have to maintain a positive approach, especially as the team is locked into a very tough fight with two goals in mind, even if the situation in the Constructors' Championship has become very difficult.
"Everyone must put in 110 percent effort in order to succeed and that is definitely what I'll be doing for the remaining weeks of the season."
Massa, who crashed out of last Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix at the first corner, admitted the start was always going to be difficult after a poor qualifying.
"The story of qualifying was all about traffic: when I fitted the soft tires in Q2 I had traffic in the first sector with Jenson coming out of the pits and then I got a lot more of it in the second sector at Spoon corner, where I found myself behind Kubica and all that cost me enough tenths to miss out on getting through to Q3.
"Of course, when you start from the sixth row of the grid, there is always a chance you are going to get mixed up in some trouble and that is exactly what happened, when I ended up crashing out of the race at the first corner. A very bad Sunday for me."