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Massa: Next week vital for Ferrari

23 February 2013

Felipe Massa says that the 'important time' is coming up for Ferrari as teams now start to plan for the final pre-season test ahead of the start of the new F1 campaign.

Massa returned to action on Friday for the final day of the first Barcelona test, although his fourth day at the wheel of the new F138 was hit by the rain that arrived at Catalunya.

“Today was a difficult day for everyone and it's a pity that the weather conditions ruined the last day of testing,” he said. “I would have preferred to continue the work on tyres and set-up that Fernando started yesterday but the unpredictable weather made it very difficult to make accurate judgements about the car's behaviour.

“Certainly I would have preferred to test with better conditions but it was still useful to get a reference point in the wet.”

Speaking with the media following the test, the Brazilian expanded on where Ferrari currently stands in terms of its preparations for the year ahead, and he admitted that there were changes to come before the teams heads back to Barcelona next week for the final test of the winter.

"From Jerez, the car is exactly the same," he was quoted by Sky Sports. "We didn't change anything really, no new pieces or anything, so the car is exactly the same as we finished Jerez. For sure we understood maybe the little details around the car that maybe we change again for here. It's like an evolution but not with new pieces or anything.

"Anyhow it's really the important time that we can bring new pieces to the car. The car is still 'green' so we need to make the car in a good shape for the first race. There is a lot to work on, there is a lot to do, and maybe it's a very important moment as well for people working on the aerodynamics, on the engine, on the chassis to put everything together in a good direction for the first race.

“It's important we use the next week very well, and the two days I have and the two days Fernando has [in the car] just to be fully ready for the first race."