May 19 (GMM) Felipe Massa has played down reports he is at risk of losing his Ferrari seat soon, insisting he feels fully supported by Ferrari.
The Brazilian has struggled at the wheel of Ferrari's difficult 2012 car so far, scoring just 2 points compared with his teammate and joint championship leader Fernando Alonso's 61.
It has triggered speculation the Maranello based team might replace him, also because Ferrari said after Barcelona it is "expecting" Massa to improve "right away".
Whilst working at Maranello in the driver simulator on Friday, however, Massa insisted he has not been far away from Alonso at recent races.
"I think we must also take into account that, at the moment, Fernando's driving is amazing: he is on super form, maybe even perfect," he is quoted as saying in a Ferrari statement.
Asked if he feels the famous Italian team's support, he added: "Absolutely, yes, I feel the whole team stands by me.
"Obviously, they are not happy with the results and neither am I: we all want to get out of this (situation) and return to normal.
"It's possible and for sure it's what I want and I know that with the team's help we will manage it," said Massa.