Massa says allowing drivers to use DRS on both straights in Sepang would make passing “too easy”.
McLaren believe Ferrari and Mercedes will be a greater threat in the coming races.
Ferrari hope higher temperatures in Sepang will help them improve their qualifying performance.
Ferrari say some teams are only using their Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems at the start of the race.
Davide Valsecchi will participate in an F1 race weekend for the first time on Friday.
In the round-up: A new series for electric cars, “Senna” in the US, first-lap chaos in the Le Mans Series and more.