Massa’s excellent performance in Japan galvanises Pistunzen
When Felipe Massa first arrived in Maranello, he still looked very much like a little boy and I liked him immediately. I felt we were a bit similar, perhaps because he’s quite compact and a bit impish too. Because a Pistunzen can never stray too far from the track, I was at Fiorano in 2002 the first time he sat behind the wheel of a Ferrari Formula 1 car. And I have to tell you that I was very impressed with the confidence he displayed even from the first lap.
Then – you know how it is – I stayed the same old Pistunzen and he became famous. I don’t mean he ever got any airs or graces around me. Far from it. But he was no longer the half-impish, half-scared young lad I’d met that first day.
I was very sorry to see him so off-colour these last few months. I’d even begun think we wouldn’t be seeing the old Felipe again. But then at Suzuka last Sunday, he really did drive very well indeed. I know a thing or two about tracks and, let me tell you, Suzuka, along with Spa, is the toughest of the entire season.
So, Bravo Felipe! He looks like he’s 10 years younger again!