Felipe Massa admits that he is concerned that Ferrari could struggle with the hard compound tyres being taken to India this weekend by Pirelli for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.
Ferrari struggled on the hard compound tyre earlier in the season, with Massa in particular enduring a tough time trying to get the best out of the tyres when they were used in the first half of the season.
The fact that India will be a step into the unknown means Pirelli has been somewhat conservative with its selection for the first race at the Buddh International Circuit and Massa said he hoped Ferrari didn't suffer from the same problems it had faced earlier in the year.
“In the preparation for the Grand Prix of India, I spent a day on the simulator to get a general impression of the track and I've also got the latest version of the 2011 Formula 1 computer game that features this circuit, which means I at least have a feel for it and know where the corners are,” he said. “First impressions are that it is a nice track and it has some similarities to the last venue in Yeongam, in that it has a long straight and many different types of corner from very fast to very slow hairpins with several changes of gradient too.
“However, that's where comparisons to Korea end as it should be much hotter this weekend and also because we will run the Soft and Hard tyres from Pirelli, historically not the ideal choice for the 150º Italia. I hope that we have made some progress in this area and that we can get a good result. Like I said, it will be my first time in India and I love discovering new places, so I am convinced it will be a very interesting week.
“The Indian people love sport and I am sure there will be a lot of local interest in the Grand Prix, in Formula 1 and in racing in general. I have enjoyed spending a few days in Sao Paolo with my family, relaxing and training, but now I am keen to get going again, to discover a new circuit and to see if I can secure a good result with just three races left to go this year.”