Massa: I needed this change and I think Williams team needed it too

Felipe Massa in the unfamiliar blue cockpit of the Williams FW36

Felipe Massa in the unfamiliar blue cockpit of the Williams FW36

Felipe Massa’s departure from Ferrari to Williams has gone as well as could be expected, and might well be the tonic needed to revitalise both the Grove team and the Brazilian driver.

Speaking to the media in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, Massa said, “I’m really motivated, this is a special moment for me. I changed to a team that welcomed me with open arms. I needed this change and I think the team needed [it] too.”

The new partnership got off to a flying start, as Massa topped the timing screens on the final day of the first pre-season at Jerez at the wheel of the all blue Williams FW36.

Felipe Massa with Pat Symonds during Jerez testing

Felipe Massa with Pat Symonds during Jerez testing

“It always helps to start well, especially now that we have a completely different car, which requires a completely different driving style,” said the Brazilian who has 11 grand prix victories on his CV.

However Massa remains cautious and is not reading too deeply into the early test in Spain, “I think there’s a lot to learn with the car and a lot has to be done to make the car improve. It’s hard to say right now how good we will be. Usually, in the first races it will be difficult just to finish the race. But it was a good start, I was happy.”

Formula 1 testing resumes in Bahrain on 19 February, with the season opening Australian Grand Prix taking place in Melbourne on 16 March. (GP247)

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  • Tamburello1994

    Sure he says this now, But he could have made the jump years ago and had chance to compete for real instead of playing the support role to Fernando. Two years minimum wasted hanging on at Ferrari. Sad.

    Too little, too late Felipe.

  • SpeedoReido

    @Tamberello, you’re sad, (and wrong). Some us learn as we go and save the best for last. One must ask: can they do it, will they do it, and how’s the fit. Ferrari is a horse of a different color and will tell you your role. You don’t tell them. Coming in here
    as the lead driver is a different ball game. And you tell me, would you walk away from a drive at Ferrari? I’ve been to Maranello and I’ve seen what awesome is. They tell you when it’s time to leave. Just ask Kimi.

  • Boycottthebull

    Sir Frank used to say anyone can win in one of his cars. Bet he is choking on thise words at the moment. Williams does need a change but it should be to replace Claire Williams. This name legacy thing is further adding to their mindset that Williams is still on top and dwelling on his winning past.

  • Tamburello1994

    Well, you gave an counter opinion yea, But failed to point out where I’m wrong – - or sad for that matter.

    Saving the best for last at Williams? – That’s a joke right?

  • SpeedoReido

    Since he signed on as a number two driver, he did what he set out to do. Be the team support driver.
    As far as best for last at Williams, I was being tongue in cheek, however with the new rules, his timing was pretty good.
    And if you really think about his last two years, he’s been recovering from the smash to the head with the spring. Ferrari probably stuck by him at a time no-one else would have been picking up as a driver. I don’t think he messed up or IS messed up. I’d sure love to be in his postion! :)

  • Tamburello1994

    Good points Speedo, Good points made.

    I guess we’ll just have to see how it shakes out!! Good discussion here.

  • SpeedoReido

    I’m with you there!