Massa’s willingness to effectively perform as the team’s second driver has been in doubt since he was asked to step aside and let Alonso win in July’s German Grand Prix.
But the Brazilian is now determined to earn success for the iconic Italian outfit by making it difficult for Alonso’s title rivals.
“I will be trying to bring home a significant number of points to help the Scuderia in its fight for both championships,” said Massa. “First we need to qualify well on Saturday and after that, in the race, I want to be in the middle of the battle for the drivers’ championship. I want to be fighting with those five drivers who are chasing the title, which is the best thing I can do to help Ferrari’s and Fernando’s aspirations as we head for the end of the championships.”
Alonso is joint second in the drivers standings, behind Red Bull’s Mark Webber and level with his team-mate Sebastian Vettel. English pair Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are fourth and fifth. Massa, meanwhile, has endured disappointment in his last two races, finishing eighth in Singapore and then crashing out early on in Japan, and is desperate to rediscover form this weekend in Korea. “I would like to arrive back in Sao Paolo for my home race with a good result in my pocket,” he added.