MELBOURNE, March 15th, 2014 (F1Plus / Jacob Polychronis) Felipe Massa is feeling disappointed after failing to carry his pre-season pace into the wet conditions which heavily affected Saturday’s qualifying in Melbourne.
Both Williams drivers finished at the bottom of Q3 despite impressing in dry conditions. Massa recorded a time of 1.48.079 which was less than a tenth of a second quicker than team-mate, Valtteri Bottas. Afterwards, Massa was left to rue what could have been.
“In Q1 I was third, so I’m sure it would have been possible to be fighting [higher up if it was dry] – not better than Mercedes – but fighting.”
“We have a much better car for the dry then what we showed here in the wet conditions.”
Currently, Sunday’s race has a 50% chance of light rain. Nonetheless, there is no doubt in Massa’s mind as to what conditions he would prefer for the race.
“Dry, hundred per cent.”
In dry conditions, Massa is confident, after exhibiting both reliability and relative pace during the three practice sessions.
“I think we will have a good car. We are still having some problems with the rear which is something we are working to improve. But I think we can cope a little bit more with that.”
A new challenge
2014 represents a season of many changes for Massa. Along with the sport’s radical technical changes, Massa is competing for a new team after a lengthy eight-year stint with Ferrari: Both of which are providing a new feel for Massa.
“I have a different team so many things are different to what I used to have.
“There are new things that you need to learn but this is part of Formula One. It’s okay, I don’t feel any crazy things for the moment.”
Despite the challenges which faced Massa on the Saturday, the Brazilian remains confident ahead of the season’s opening race.
“The race is long, you always see many things happen in the race so you need to be ready for everything.”
“[We can make] A lot more progress [from where we are on the grid]. We can have a better situation in the race definitely. But let’s see what the weather is tomorrow.”