Amid intense speculation about his future and a slump in his personal performance, Felipe Massa is looking to bounce back this weekend.
Turkey’s Istanbul Park has hosted five consecutive rounds of the world championship, and Massa won three of them consecutively between 2006 and 2008.
“It probably is my favourite track,” the Brazilian is quoted by the Swiss newspaper Blick, referring to the layout with the now-famous four-apex Turn 8.
29-year-old Massa should get a clear chance to perform in Turkey this weekend, as although rain is forecast early this week, the race event looks to be staged under warm and sunny skies.
His current contract runs out in December, but Massa is quoted as instead focusing on the challenge of making the F10 car respond better to his driving.
“The only thing that matters is my work within the team and how we prepare for the future,” Massa is quoted by France’s Le Nouvel Obs.
“I came here to be with Michael (in 2006) and I have also teamed up with Kimi and today I’m with Fernando. They are all strong drivers.
“I feel a lot of respect within the team and that is what matters,” he added.