There were light years between the Felipe Massa who started the 2012 season and the one who finished it.
Massa's stats and facts
- Team: Felipe Massa
- Team-mate: Fernando Alonso
- Previous teams: Sauber
- Nationality: Brazilian
- Born: 25/04/1981, Sao Paulo
- Grand Prix debut: Australia 2002
By the end of the year, the Brazilian looked back to the excellent form he showed in challenging for the title in 2008, even beating Fernando Alonso on occasion.
But at the start of it he had looked utterly lost, all at sea in an admittedly difficult car, shorn of confidence.
Which Massa turns up at the start of 2013 probably depends on Ferrari's car. Give him one with a stable rear that he can chuck into corners, and he will probably thrive. But adaptability appears not to be his strong point.