Felipe Massa's optimism prior to this weekend's 2013 F1 British Grand Prix has been replaced by the realisation that Ferrari is struggling at Silverstone.
With the track placing similar demands on the car as Barcelona it had been thought that the Scuderia would be on the pace but as qualifying played out it was clear that even making it into the final top-ten shootout would be a challenge.
Team-mate Fernando Alonso managed to make it into Q3 but Massa had to settle for twelfth on the grid.
“The car isn't working as expected,” the Brazilian told the press after the session, including Crash.net
. “In Montreal I had a car that was quick in the race and even in qualifying was better than what we have here. The car was definitely more competitive then and that's the biggest worry for us.
“I hope everything changes tomorrow and we can improve in the grand prix itself. But at this race we are struggling even more on new tyres so we will wait and see what happens.”
The Scuderia has been struggling with the lower than expected track temperatures and Massa admitted that a hotter track surface tomorrow could be a major factor in his ability to move forward during the race.
“I was really optimistic [coming to Silverstone] because it's a similar track to Barcelona but maybe because it was hotter there it was helping us,” he explained.
“We'll see tomorrow but maybe with a few degrees more [track temperature] we will be better. The temperature is a big factor for us.”
by Stephen English at Silverstone