Many observers believe that Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull are clearly leading the field, with a gap then to the well-known British team Williams.
Brazilian driver Massa confirms: “I think testing for us was good.
“In fact after 2016 and how it went for Williams, I had a big concern about how it will be in 2017 especially with the big change in regulations,” he told Globo.
“So I was not 100 per cent calm, especially because I decided last September that I would stop racing and so I was not very interested about how the car would be this year.
“I think Barcelona helped me to get an idea that we definitely have a competitive car,” said Massa. “We are not the best team, but we can fight to be the third best team in the championship and fight for podiums.”