Massa concerned by new regulations
10 October 2013 – Felipe Massa has spoken of his concern about next year's regulation overhaul, the outgoing Ferrari driver fearful that the sport could be heavily damaged if the field is forced to focus on saving fuel and tyres as opposed to extracting performance.
A host of technical changes – spearheaded by turbocharged V6 engines – will be introduced from the 2014 campaign, with a fuel usage limit being put in place to ensure that drivers do not use more than 100kg of fuel throughout a Grand Prix.
With this, and other potential challenges in mind, Massa is anxious about the emphasis moving closer to efficiency and further away from pushing the limits.
"I think the cars will have a lot less downforce, with tyres that may be even harder," Massa told reporters at Suzuka. "The grip level will be very low and everything will be different; the way you drive, the way you race, the way you manage the car, the fuel and everything else. It can be very frustrating to do a race saving fuel from the beginning, but it's not just at the beginning because it will be for the [entire] championship.
He added: "It is difficult to complain about something when we don't know how it's going to be, so let's wait and see. But if it's really like that, it won't be very interesting."