Felipe Massa is adamant he won't let rumours about his pending sacking get to him.
After a dismal run last season that saw him claim the dubious honour of being the first Ferrari driver in almost two decades to finish a season without a single podium result, Massa was in desperate need of a good result to kick off this year's campaign.
That did not happen.
Instead of shining in Australia, the Brazilian faltered, qualifying down in 16th place and failing to finish the grand prix after an incident with Bruno Senna.
This prompted speculation in the Italian media that Massa could become the first Ferrari driver in almost two decades to be axed before the season is over while other rumours have linked Sergio Perez to his race-seat.
Massa, though, is adamant he won't let the rumours get to him as this is not the first time in his Ferrari career that his job has reportedly been on the line.
"I really don't care," the Brazilian said in the Sepang paddock on Thursday.
"I don't drive thinking about what others are thinking or saying about me.
"I'm doing my job, thinking about doing my best in the car, which is not what happened in Australia."
Ferrari has brought an entirely new chassis to the Sepang circuit for Massa in the hope that it may improve his performance.
"The only thing I care about is the car. To have the car I know [from testing], not the one I had in Australia. [Changing chassis] is the right thing to do.
"I really don't care [about criticism in the media], I have a job. The only thing I am working for is to drive the car and get out of the car 100 percent convinced that I did the best."