Massa: I left Ferrari at the right time

Felipe Massa happy at Williams

Felipe Massa happy at Williams

Felipe Massa says he departed Ferrari, for whom he raced in Formula 1 for eight years until his ousting last year, at just the right time as he relishes the prospect of beating the Maranello outfit with his new Williams team.

With Williams ending its slump this year but fabled Ferrari struggling in the first half-season of the new V6 era, Brazilian Massa thinks he left the Maranello marque at the right time.

“I think so,” he told Brazil’s Sportv. “It was very important for me. Sometimes a change does you good. I needed it even if some things did not all fit together yet.

“But it will (fit), and I think we can have a very positive future with this new team,” he added.

Felipe Massa in the Williams FW36

Felipe Massa in the Williams FW36

Valtteri Bottas has been the real star of Williams’ 2014 resurgence, but teammate Massa says he is happy to be involved in the fight to displace Ferrari as a top-three force in the constructors’ world championship.

Williams lost its top-three place to the great Scuderia last time out in Hungary, but Massa insists: “Our fight now is with Ferrari.

“We were in front until the last race and Ferrari had a better race than Williams, but the chance to finish the year ahead of Ferrari is very large. That’s what we want.

“To be able to come up in one year into the top three, ahead of a big team like Ferrari, is very positive,” he added. (GMM)