Felipe Massa, Fiat Linea, Interlagos, 2011

Massa tries Trofeo Linea touring car at Interlagos

2011 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Fiat Linea, Interlagos, 2011
Felipe Massa, Fiat Linea, Interlagos, 2011

Felipe Massa hinted at a future in touring cars after his F1 career following an appearance in the Trofeo Linea championship yesterday.

Massa drove a Fiat Linea in two practice sessions at Interlagos, improving his time from 1’54.929 in the morning to 1’53.888 in the afternoon. That left him sixth-fastest, 0.8s slower than current championship leader Caca Bueno.

Massa said: “I had a lot of fun today. It?s been ten years since I last drove a Touring car, dating back to 2001 when I raced an Alfa Romeo 155, so I thought I might struggle a bit, so sixth best time in the second session is not that bad.

Felipe Massa, Fiat Linea, Interlagos, 2011
Felipe Massa, Fiat Linea, Interlagos, 2011

“I could have been quicker but I hit the chicane when I went out on new tyres, which damaged the front suspension, so the steering felt very heavy.

“I have to say the Trofeo Linea is very interesting to drive: it?s stable and the sequential change works very well.

“This sort of racing could definitely be an option when the day comes that I decide to leave Formula 1.”

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