All, I hope that you forgive me for using the forum for this purpose, but I am truly outraged at some of the things I am hearing and reading about Massa all over the media and the internet, and I thought that a little letter of support for him from his fans wouldn't go amiss. Hey, even from somebody like me, who is in fact a Régie and Alonso fan, but first and foremost an F1 fan. So this is my letter to him:
Dear mr Massa,
My apologies for writing you though this forum, but I don't know how to do so directly - plus I am sure that you receive so many letters that it is unlikely that you have time to go through all of them.
I can only imagine how sad it must be for you to receive so much harsh public criticism, and that from people who don't really know what is going on and what are the reasons for your less-than-ideal results in the recent past. As if it were not obvious that you are the one who is most disappointed and most willing to change that trend, and that you are doing everything in your hand to do so.
The worst part must be hearing some put you down as a driver, forgetting when doing so that you are the same one who showed the world that Schumacher was not unbeatable in the same car, or that somebody could indeed be faster than Raikkonen using the same equipment. How anyone can state that a driver able to do so is not top class is beyond my understanding.
I obviously cannot know if it is true that you never managed to fully recover from your terrible crash in 2008, either physically or pshychologically, as some claim. But I am convinced that nobody could have done more than you did to go back to full form, and that very few people had the physical and psychological strenght that you had to take you through that recovery - or the love for F1 that put you back at the wheel of a car just a few months after that crash.
I just wanted to let you know that for some of us you will always be the brave driver who pushed way beyond any comfort zone to show the world that you belonged at the top of this sport. And that you are not the only one who feels the unfairness of the comments you receive now.