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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