Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2011

New hard tyres are hurting us, admits Massa

2011 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2011
Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2011

Felipe Massa said the new Pirelli hard tyre introduced at the Spanish Grand Prix did not suit the Ferrari.

He told the team’s website: “We had expected our main rivals to be strong in Barcelona, given the fact our car is not quite as efficient as theirs in terms of aerodynamic downforce.

“However, what we had not expected was to suffer so much on the new hard compound tyre that Pirelli had introduced for this race.

“We had already found life difficult on the original version of the hard and we had seen that we struggled a bit more than the others on these. Then with these new hards we discovered we were having an even tougher time to get them to work properly and I would say we lost two or two and a half seconds when compared to our lap times on the soft.

“You could see the effect clearly in the race. Myself and Fernando were both able to fight at first with him doing better than me as he was actually at the front thanks to his start, while I was fighting with the Mercedes guys, passing them to move up to sixth.

“But after that, once I fitted the hard tyres, it was almost impossible to drive the car. I ended up losing all the places I had gained, then I had a spin and eventually with a few laps to go, I had to park the car at the side of the track as I could not select any gears.

“Meanwhile Fernando went from leading the race to being one lap down within the space of about 40 laps which is an unbelievable situation. I would say that in Spain, it looked as though Red Bull and McLaren were the only teams able to exploit the hard tyres properly.”

However, with the hard tyre not being used in the next three races in Monaco, Canada and Europe, Massa expects Ferrari will perform better:

“Starting with free practice this Thursday at Monaco, we begin a run of three Grands Prix using Pirelli?s Soft and Super Soft and that should work better for us. They will definitely suit the characteristics of our car which is a positive factor.”

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