More motivated than ever for 2013: Massa

New Delhi: Ferrari`s driver Felipe Massa says he is "more motivated than ever" for the next season after an impressive second-half of the 2012 Formula 1 season.

"This has been a very difficult year for me, especially at the start, when we couldn`t find the right way to move forward with our car," the Brazilian was quoted as saying by the F1 website. He was speaking at Ferrari`s annual Christmas get-together in Maranello.

Massa scored only 23 points in the first 10 races in 2012. But in a superb turn around he returned to form to bag 99 points and two podium finishes in the remaining 10 to lift himself to seventh in the final drivers` standings.

"The second part was very different: I was more competitive and, thanks to the strength I got from all of you, I managed to get back to the way I was before. Now I am more motivated than ever: the second part of the season was like a training session for next year.

In 2013, I really want to come back to this event to celebrate something even better together with all of you!"

Ferrari finished second in the 2012 constructors` standings with 400 points, 60 behind World Champions Red Bull.