Mid-season tyre changes helped Ferrari rivals says Massa

Felipe Massa and Stefano Domenicali

Felipe Massa and Stefano Domenicali

Before travelling to Korea, Ferrari designer Nikolas Tombazis said that blaming the current generation Pirelli tyres would be pointless.

He made his comments as Ferrari contemplated why it has steadily fallen away in 2013, particularly after Pirelli’s mid-year switch from steel to Kevlar internal belts.

The departing Felipe Massa, however, was not quite singing from the same hymn sheet at Yeongam, where Ferrari has clearly trailed not only Red Bull but also Mercedes and Lotus.

“You can see how some teams went forward while others went back[wards],” said the Brazilian. “It’s clear that the new tyres helped Red Bull. Also Mercedes.”

“And when you look at Sauber, I don’t think [that] they changed the whole car and that’s the reason why they are going faster,” Massa added.

Teammate Fernando Alonso on Saturday hit out at the questionable “quality” of the tyres, and now Massa has claimed to O Estado de S.Paulo that the mid-season specification change clearly hit Ferrari’s hopes. (GMM)

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