Felipe Massa says morale is high at Williams following a productive end to the team’s first test of the year.
Massa headed the times sheets on the last day of the test, covered their highest mileage in a single day – and said he could have done more.
“If you see how we started the first day, how was the second day, it was not so easy to be sure to know we were going to do 86 laps,” said Massa following the last day of the test.
“So we were able to do 86 laps, we were able to do more today because so many runs I had to stop because of the red flag, some things that happen that was not a problem in the car. So today maybe we could run a little bit more laps.
“But I think it was positive. It was positive that we didn’t have any problem to stop the car on the track, any problem that it takes so long to go out again.”
Massa said the high mileage day gives “more confidence for the driver, for me, for Valtteri [Bottas] but also for the people.”
“I think the people are so happy, they smiling in my face is not just only my face, you can see people smiling inside. The mechanics, engineers, I think that’s very important for the working, for the confidence, for the progress inside the team.”
Some aspects of the car’s handling need further work, he added, singling out the new brake-by-wire system as one of them.
“I still need to improve a lot the way I’m braking because it’s different, it’s a little bit strange sometimes.”
“We still need to understand how to use engine,” Massa continued. “You have a lot of wheelspin, the car has a lot less downforce than last year.”
“The engine is strong but with less downforce it makes [it] difficult to drive so it’s important to understand how to use the gear shift, how you need to use the engine. So for sure is a lot to improve.”
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