Felipe Massa has said he has a 'very positive feeling' about the new Ferrari F138.

The Brazilian will again be the number two driver this season alongside Fernando Alonso and speaking at the launch of the Scuderia's 2013 F1 challenger on Friday, he was optimistic about what the Maranello-based outfit can achieve this year.

"It's always a good feeling - the first feeling - to see the car," Massa said at the launch. "I've had many presentations already in my career with Ferrari.

"I've had some feelings that were not very positive in a few years, to see the car for the first time. Other years, it was very positive and I have to say that this is a very positive feeling. Maybe it's just my personal feeling but I think it was nice to see the car.

"I think the car is much more prepared. You have some interesting details around the car that can work and can be nice on the track.

"But let's wait and see how everything's going to be on the track but the feeling is really 100 per cent in the right direction."

Massa will get to complete the first-runs with the car next week in Jerez and he is looking forward to getting back in action.

"The first test is very useful to understand the direction in which we should go and where we need to do the most work," he added.

"Last year, I had a very positive second half to the season and I really want to get back on track and continue with the work that has seen me improve a lot over the past years. My aim is always the same, to give my all, right from the start of the season."


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