Massa gaining greater understanding of tyres
28 March 2014 – Felipe Massa says that Friday practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix presented him with a greater understanding of how the Williams FW36 adapts to Pirelli's tyres.
Massa was sixth quickest during the second practice session, just over two-tenths of a second down on Nico Rosberg, but was cautious with regards to Williams's prospects at Sepang.
"We completed our run plan and we had no technical issues, so today was a good opportunity to learn more about the performance of the car," he said.
"It was pretty hot so we could also understand more about how the tyres are working in high temperatures. We managed to do long runs on different types of tyre which has been very useful and the car was performing solidly. There is still more performance to unlock from the car, so we need to work hard tonight analysing the data we have to make some improvements for qualifying and the race."
Valtteri Bottas was ninth quickest for Williams but acknolwedges that without an error during his run on option tyres, he would have been in a loftier position.
"One challenge has been the difference in pace between the prime and the option tyre," said Bottas.
"The prime was sliding quite a lot and wearing out, so that will be something to watch out for over the weekend. I didn't have the best lap on my final run on the option tyres, so like most people we still have some more speed to come tomorrow.
"The car still needs more downforce, particularly in the high speed corners, but we have our own strengths and our top speed is looking strong which is always good in the race."