Massa dejected as rain 'ruins' final day

Massa dejected as rain 'ruins' final day

22 February 2013 – Ferrari's Felipe Massa was left feeling slightly downcast after rainfall disrupted the final day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, with the Brazilian driver unable to complete a significant amount of dry weather laps during his sole outing of the week.

With Fernando Alonso piloting the F138 for the majority of the week, Massa was eager to continue the team's slick tyre evaluations before its focus switches to performance next week, but he was unable to do so and had to settle for mostly wet running.

"Today was difficult for everyone and it’s a pity that the weather conditions ruined the last day of testing," said Massa, who completed the majority of Ferrari's mileage at Jerez. "I would have preferred to continue the work on tyres and set-up that Fernando started but the unpredictable weather made it very difficult to make accurate judgements about the car’s behaviour.

"When the rain gave us a moment’s break I completed a long run on the Medium tyre compound – but the track was very cold and still slippery so it was hard to warm-up the tyres and make a clear comparison between performance and degradation."

Despite the poor weather, Massa was able to complete important aerodynamic work throughout the day and is content with the fundamentals of his new chassis.

"In the afternoon, the wet track didn’t allow us to return to slick tyres so we concentrated on some set-up tests with the Intermediate tyres," he said. "I tried different aerodynamic configurations and I am satisfied with the behaviour of the car."

Massa caused one of the eight red flags at the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday, sliding off the track and into the Turn 4 gravel trap ten minutes into the morning session.

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