Massa went for therapy during slump in form
12 July, 2012
Jul.12 (GMM) Felipe Massa has admitted to enlisting the support of a psychologist and seeking therapy in the wake of his post-injury performance slump, which has endangered his future with Ferrari and perhaps even F1.
With the Brazilian last standing on a podium almost two years ago, some believe Ferrari’s patience after Massa’s recovery from serious head injuries in 2009 has finally run out.
“The bad results influenced the psychological side,” the 31-year-old admitted to the Portuguese language Revista Espn magazine.
“I found a psychologist and went through therapy. I will try everything right until the end, because I believe that things will change,” said Massa, who has not won a race since nearly taking the title in 2008.
He has consistently denied that his 2009 crash had any influence on his performance afterwards.
Massa now admits: “I’m not stupid. I’m tired of thinking about it. Not only did I think about it, I had 45,000 examinations. All the doctors say there is nothing [affecting my performance],” said the Ferrari driver.
Massa, however, complained that “99 per cent” of the Brazilian press has turned against him.
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