14 February 2010
Massa: We've never done 700 km in just one day
Felipe Massa ends final day at Jerez in Spain by notching up a marathon 160 tours for the Scuderia.
Ferrari are 'heading in the right direction' for F1 2010, that was Felipe Massa's verdict following the final day of testing at Jerez on Saturday.
Massa may have only ended up seventh on the timesheets, his best a 1 minute 21.485 seconds, more than 1.5 seconds off the pace setting McLaren of Lewis Hamilton, but he completed a mammoth 160 laps - easily the most of anyone runner.
Speaking after the day's proceedings, the Brazilian, who of course suffered that nasty accident in Hungary last year, added that he was surprised at just how well he felt after completing over 700 kilometres at the wheel of the new F10.
"We've never driven 700 kilometres in just one day," Massa told Ferrari's official website. "It's a personal record! Physically I feel well; I'm in good shape. I actually thought that I might be more tired than I am. I'm pleased by the work we've done today, because we could test the car under all conditions.
"I'm happy for myself and the team: we concluded the foreseen programme and there is lots of data to analyse over the upcoming days, so we can prepare ourselves the best possible way for the next test session, without any particular problems. We've had a good test and we have got a couple of good leads for the development of this car.
"The only stop I had doesn't worry me at all, because we know what caused it. I think we're heading in the right direction, but we're aware of the fact that there is still a lot of work ahead of us."
Asked if he feels he can win the title this season, Massa noted that it is still far too soon to make a judgement: "For sure we can say that we've got a reliable car, but it's much too early for the rest, although I really hope so," he continued.
"Now the fastest car isn't the one which is on top of the timesheets, but the one which is the most consistent and which has the best performance over the course of the long runs. From this point-of-view, we have got some very positive results.
"The one who does the best work, day after day on the track and at home, wins the title. I'm not the most important thing here. What counts is that we know that we've got a fast and constant car."
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