Felipe Massa says Japanese podium important for his career

Felipe Massa says his second place in the Japanese Grand Prix is "very important" for both his mentality and his career prospects.

The Ferrari driver reveals he struggled "a lot" with his lack of success after enduring a "very tough" 35 races without a podium finish - his most recent coming in the 2010 Korean Grand Prix.

The strong result is good news for Massa who is out of contract at the end of the 2012 season, with Force India's Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg both rumoured to be in line to replace the Brazilian at the Scuderia.

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