Massa pleased with first test for Williams
31 January 2014 – Williams driver Felipe Massa was left feeling positive after his first Formula 1 test for his new team at the Circuito de Jerez.
The Brazilian, who has switched to the Grove-based outfit from Ferrari, took over the wheel of the FW36 from team-mate Valtteri Bottas on Thursday, and went on to set the pace on a wet/dry final day in Spain.
"Although it wasn't a great day because of the rain, it was interesting to understand how the car behaves in the wet, with the tyres and new power unit," Massa explained to reporters on Friday afternoon.
"We managed to do many more laps today than we have in the last three days which is important. Today we didn't have any issues with the car which I think is another step forward. We now need to concentrate and prepare with an aim to do more laps [at the next tests] in Bahrain.
"Overall, I'm happy with my first days with Williams and I'm pleased with what I have seen in the team this week. For sure it is important to be competitive, but testing is testing, and we now need to look to prepare for Bahrain and then towards the first race [in Australia on March 16], which is the most important thing."
The upcoming Bahrain tests take place from February 19-22 and February 27-March 2 respectively.