Felipe Massa has conceded the Scuderia need to 'urgently' find out what happened in Australia, so they can 'get back to where they want to be' by the next race in Malaysia.
Massa, who only qualified eighth for the F1 2011 opener at Albert Park, eventually brought his Ferrari F150° Italia home in seventh - more than 30 seconds off McLaren's Jenson Button in sixth and three spots behind his team-mate, Fernando Alonso in P4. It was not the start to the year he wanted and writing in his blog on Ferrari's website, the Brazilian was in no doubt that the Maranello-based outfit will have to do a lot better at Sepang.
“The Australian Grand Prix did not go the way myself and the team had expected, as we were not as competitive as we had thought we would be, based on the winter performance,” he lamented.
“If there is one lesson we take away with us after the opening round is that we have a lot of work to do. We urgently need to find out exactly what happened in Australia, understanding what we did and what the other teams did. We did not come away with as many points as we thought we could score in the first race, so we have to get back to where we want to be by the next race.”
Massa meanwhile added that the pace of the Red Bulls is a real concern and worryingly for the tifosi
he also noted it was hard to explain why they were not more competitive with the F150° Italia.
“I was asked many times over last weekend what surprised me most, the pace of the Red Bulls or of the McLarens. The answer is that I was more surprised by Red Bull, because what [Sebastian] Vettel did in qualifying was very impressive,” he continued.
“It's true that McLaren seemed to have made a step forward, but Red Bull was really far ahead of everyone else. As for ourselves, our car is better than it looked in Melbourne but it is hard to explain exactly why we failed to deliver, which is why we have to arrive in Malaysia with the car we actually built, not the car we raced last weekend.”