Massa hoping for quick overheating fix
5 February 2013 – Felipe Massa is hoping for a quick fix to the overheating issues that Ferrari’s new F138 chassis suffered on the opening day of pre-season testing at Jerez. The Brazilian, who admitted that he spent a more time in his garage than he had initially hoped for, ended the day sixth fastest with a total of 64 laps to his name.
"We didn’t drive a lot," Massa explained to reporters at Jerez. "We had a few issues with the car in terms of the temperature inside; the car at the beginning the car was maybe a little bit hotter than I expected. It’s a new car so we need to understand the direction to fix that. I don’t think it’s a really difficult thing to fix."
Massa also described the overall fastest time posted by McLaren rival Jenson Button as ‘incredible’, but was not left feeling disheartened by his team’s display.
"The 1:18.8 (by Button) is an incredible time, definitely," Massa commented. "But 1:19.7, (by Webber and Grosjean) I don’t think so. Looking at the first day; looking at how we run, how we drove, the direction we had, I’m not really disappointed."
Massa will continue to collect data in the F138 on Wednesday and Thursday, before Ferrari's new development driver, Pedro de la Rosa, takes over to complete the test.