Felipe Massa upbeat about Williams' potential

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm •  Published: February 11, 2014
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SAO PAULO (AP) — The solid performance by the Williams team in early testing has left Felipe Massa upbeat about the new Formula One season.

The Brazilian driver had the second-best time in last month's tests at Jerez and said the "good start" could play to his advantage when the season gets underway in Australia in March.

"It always helps to start well, especially now that we have a completely different car, which requires a completely different driving style," Massa said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Testing is seen as crucial this year as significant rule changes have been implemented, including a switch to a turbo engine and more sophisticated energy recovery systems.

Debuting with Williams after eight years with Ferrari, Massa was clearly looking forward to making a fresh start.

"I'm really motivated, this is a special moment for me," he said. "I changed to a team that welcomed me with open arms. I needed this change and I think the team needed too."

Massa remained cautious, however, saying that the car's full potential won't be known until the first race starts. Car designs needed significant aerodynamic alterations compared to last year, with reliability and fuel consumption likely to play a big part in races.

"I think there's a lot to learn with the car and a lot has to be done to make the car improve," Massa said. "It's hard to say right now how good we will be. Usually, in the first races it will be difficult just to finish the race. But it was a good start, I was happy."