After he ended last season without one podium appearance, becoming the first Ferrari driver since Ivan Capelli in 1992 to fail to achieve that feat, the pressure was always going to be on Massa in 2012.
The Brazilian endured a torrid time in Australia two weeks ago.
The weekend began with him spinning out in practice, he then qualified in a poor 16th place. The race brought even more gloom.
Massa struggled to make any headway and then retired after a collision with Williams' Bruno Senna.
Both Ferrari and Massa have shrugged off all of the speculation. Team Principal Stefano Domenicali has defended his driver.
"I well remember four years ago Felipe was more or less in the same situation as today. The papers demanded his replacement but he ended up world champion, even if for just a few seconds."
While Massa wants to appear confidence, The Independent reported that he has been putting in extra hours at Ferrari's base in Maranello.
If Ferrari do decide to get rid of Massa, it poses the immediate problem of who would replace him.
Here are the four drivers most likely to get a call if Massa loses his drive.