An hour or so after the finish of this year's Malaysian Grand Prix, a small handful of journalists gathered in Ferrari's hospitality unit to hear from Felipe Massa. Fernando Alonso had just taken a shock victory in the lead Ferrari, so few were interested in what that day's 15th place finisher had to say about life.
He had failed to score for the second race in succession. Coming off the back of a poor 2011 campaign, questions were justifiably being asked about his suitability for a Ferrari seat. Granted, as Massa himself has pointed out, he'd been the subject of such questions for a sizeable proportion of his career with the team, but this was different. Never before had he struggled so much for so long.
The driver who sat in that room after one of the least spectacular performances of his grand prix career wasn't the same one who impressed so much during 2007 and 2008. He came within seconds of the title in the second of those campaigns and it's often forgotten that, although some misfortune in the second half of the season put him out of contention, Massa was also a credible contender for much of the first.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.