Massa unwilling to rule out Red Bull
1 March 2014 – Felipe Massa says Red Bull must be taken seriously this year, despite a troubled pre-season test period.
The Milton Keynes-based outfit, winner of the past four Drivers' and Constructors' titles, has seen its mileage restricted by Renault's slow-starting power unit, while car cooling problems have exacerbated the situation.
But Williams driver Massa reckons the team, along with fellow Renault-powered squad Lotus, will be able to make significant progress as the season develops, making reference to Daniel Ricciardo's top three performance at Sakhir on Friday.
"We saw that the Red Bull struggled every day, but their [Friday] times were not so bad," said Massa, who has switched to his new team after eight seasons at Ferrari.
"You can't put Red Bull and Lotus on the side because when they fix their problems, we know that they have a good car and we know that they know how to make a winning car.
"It is always nice to say that a Red Bull is struggling and that maybe it can be fighting with the Caterhams, but forget it – it's not like that. They have a problem to solve, but when it is solved they will be there."
Sebastian Vettel is bringing Red Bull's testing programme to a close over the final two days in Bahrain.