Felipe Massa said he was hoping to do more meaningful testing after spending three days at the wheel of the Ferrari F138.
“I think it was an important three days even if I did so many things that is like straight line tests, doing slow laps, constant speed runs,” he told media after today’s test.
“It’s not like really a test that you run out of time quick trying to find a balance of the car, trying to find the set-up and everything so I did a lot of this on the first two days. Not as many laps I expect to do.”
He played down the significance of ending the day with the fastest time so far: “The car was responding but as I said I didn’t do many changes that see maybe the car gets better or maybe the car gets worse, I didn’t really do that.
“OK, I mean, it’s always nice to arrive at the end of the day and see your name in the first position and see that you are the quickest car but honestly it doesn’t count anything. For sure if I am the last you are always a little bit more frustrated.”
“I still believe his lap was incredible,” said Massa. “I mean doing on hard tyres on the first day on the dirty track and everything I still believe it was a quick lap time.
“But I also didn’t have the car to do this lap time on the first day. We didn’t even try, I need to work for the lap time. But I think the lap was impressive. For sure many people is thinking the same about me now. I think we for sure improved the car.”
“I think everything we did it was important to find a little bit the right direction to work in the car,” he added.
“Today we managed to do more runs more laps I managed to do even to try different tyres. I improve a lot when I try the soft, manage to improve a big amount, even more than I expect on the soft.
“But I think even the consistent of the car and everything is not so bad. I didn’t work on the set-up, I didn’t take like for example a morning that this morning we are going to work just on the set-up, try everything possible, I didn’t have time to do that. But I can’t say that the car was not really, really difficult to drive I think the balance was more or less in the good direction.”
Twelve months on from Ferrari’s struggles with the F2012 in testing, Massa is reluctant to say how they compare to their rivals:
“To be honest I’m sure there is a lot of very quick cars around the track I don’t know if we are really around that position for the first race.
“We need to work a lot, we need to really concentrate 100% to take this work within this week and make the car quicker and quicker to be ready for the first race. I don’t know if we are ready now but for sure it was a positive start.”
Massa completed 227 laps during the test. Pedro de la Rosa will take over from him in the car tomorrow.
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