Felipe Massa said he was not disheartened about ending the first test session of the year over a second and a half slower than the fastest car.
Massa’s best time was a 1’20.536. “For sure I’m not disappointed, definitely,” he told the media after the test.
“We didn’t drive a lot, we had a few issues in the car in terms of temperature inside, to open the car to understand I mean the car maybe at the beginning the car was a little bit hotter than I expected so it’s a new car so we need to understand the direction to fix that. I don’t think it’s a really difficult thing to fix.
“So we didn’t drive a lot but I’m not disappointed, definitely. The 18.8 [by Jenson Button] is an incredible time, definitely.
“But 19.7 [by Mark Webber and Romain Grosjean] I don’t think so, I mean looking at the first day, looking at how we run, how we drove, the direction we had for the first day, I’m not really disappointed.”
Massa said his first taste of the F138 is “a completely different planet” compared to the trouble the team had with the F2012 last year.
“I would say the difference compared to last year is huge but it is only a start,” he added.
“It is the beginning of another year, we know how important it is to understand the direction of the car from now to the first race. So it’s a lot to do even if the direction is different from last year there’s a lot to do in the tyres, a lot to do to understand the right direction to make the car ready for the first race.”
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