Massa wary of race day rain threat
18 July 2014 – Felipe Massa says he will take into account the race day rain threat when it comes to setting up his car for the remainder of the German Grand Prix weekend.
The opening practice day of practice at Hockenheim took place amid scorching temperatures, with the ambient gauge rising to 33°C and the track to 58°C in the afternoon.
But while similar conditions are expected for final practice and qualifying, current Sunday forecasts are predicting showers.
"We will have to be cautious about the rain on Sunday," said Massa, who finished sixth on the combined timesheets.
"We will be thinking ahead with a view to prepare the car for that."
Reflecting on his day behind the wheel, Massa says he is confident that Williams has adapted well to life without front-and-rear-interconnected suspension (FRIC).
"We have done a lot of work on the set-up, especially after the suspension changes we have had to make," he commented.
"I hope we can carry on the improvements throughout the weekend. We made a good step up between the first and second sessions."
In the sister FW36, Valtteri Bottas wound up 10th, after giving his car to Susie Wolff for the first session.