Felipe Massa says that Ferrari recently updates more component and its help him for better balanced driving.
The Brazilian claims that he is very happy with his own driving style especially with F2012 and he added that, Formula 1 and in fact, not just Formula 1, but all sports at the top level, it involves working on the very small details.
“It’s true, I’m much happier, because I can drive the F2012 much more in the way I like now,” Massa told Ferrari’s official website.
“This means I am much more pleased with my driving, and with the balance of the car and the pace I can run at. When that happens, of course, you feel good and for sure, all the modifications and updates introduced on the car helped in this process, but also important was the way we worked on the set-up with my engineers. We changed many things in terms of the balance and found a good direction that suits me.”
“Every driver has his own style, the way he turns the steering wheel, or uses the throttle pedal and if you don’t feel comfortable with something then it definitely doesn’t help,” he explained.
“You know how it is with Formula 1 and in fact, not just Formula 1 but all sports at the top level, it involves working on the very small details. When something is not working for you, you move away from the right direction and lose performance, as you are not operating at 100% yourself.”
Ferrari’s chief designer Nikolas Tombazis point out before in the week that he was pleased with the pace that the team had taken and exposed that additional improvements would be put into in Valencia. Massa has repeated Tombazis feeling, insisting he is content with the 2012 Ferrari’s rate of progress.
“For sure, we have many new parts, compared to the beginning of the season when we were far from how happy with our development,” he said.
“In the last three races, things have started to move much more in the right direction, with the right level of development producing a good level of performance. We have seen that in Barcelona, Monaco and Canada and from now on, I know there are many more updates coming and I expect that improving trend to continue.”
“I like the track and even if people say it’s a street circuit, it’s not, because the major part of it is more like a permanent circuit, quite wide and not too tight. It always puts you in a positive frame of mind coming to a place where you have won before,” he added.
“So, I hope we can have another good weekend this time, especially given the fact our car is now more competitive in the races and also in qualifying, because we know how important your Saturday afternoon performance can be for the Sunday.
“You can overtake at Valencia, especially with the DRS, but starting from the front, being able to run at your own pace immediately right from the beginning, changes everything. It means you don’t get stuck behind cars that are quick in qualifying but slower in the race, which can carry a high price.”
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