Felipe Massa arrives in Malaysia to conquer the second race of the Formula One season. In his Ferrari team interview, the Brazilian reflected on the Australian GP and commented on the upcoming weekend.
Even if the Scuderia tops the points in the Constructors’ classification, Felipe is too experienced a competitor to be lulled into a false sense of security. “Remember, in qualifying we were one second slower, but track conditions were not consistent, so it is hard to judge where we really are,” he cautioned. “In the race our pace was excellent, maybe the best, when our tyres were in good shape. Our level of tyre degradation was higher than Kimi’s, but it was reasonable when compared to the other cars and that is definitely positive. It is something we need to work on to get better in both qualifying and the race. However, overall, Australia went well for us and we need to make sure we progress race by race now. The situation could be completely different at this track and we need to wait and see. Maybe we will have a clearer picture of what is really the gap between us and the others in qualifying, either negative or positive. It is also true we had a good race pace when compared to the Red Bull, after it had been quicker than us on Saturday. This will be an important weekend to understand as much as possible about the car and the tyres.”
This is also a significant weekend for Massa’s team-mate, as Fernando Alonso will be lining up on the grid on Sunday to take part in his two hundredth Grand Prix. Felipe had this to say on the subject. “It is definitely an important number: 200 Grands Prix is possibly over the halfway point in a career isn’t it! It’s a nice occasion. He has driven so many great races and won two championship titles and so this is definitely a special moment, so congratulations to him for that.”