Crash.net:
How are you feeling right now in comparison to this time last year last year?

Felipe Massa:
I think things are definitely much better. I think the team is much more prepared comparing now and one year ago. The team is working in a much better way and I think the team is more together. We had a fantastic championship last year but I think the team is more prepared now. So I hope things can be always improving and growing like it was last year as well.

Crash.net:
Where do you think this growth will come from?

Felipe Massa:
In many different areas on the technical side and the organisation. I think the organisation is where we have improved a lot. The organisation is important - with the aerodynamics, with the engine, with the mechanics and the engineers - and everyone is together, I think you'll see the results at the end.

Crash.net:
Having joined the team after many years at Ferrari and given Williams' struggles in the direct run up to last season, could you have possibly imagined the success yourself and Valtteri would go on to achieve in 2014?

Felipe Massa:
I think when I see how the team was two years ago, I never expected to be so quick in one year. Everything was changing. When I saw all the change in the team, I was happy and it was always positive change. It was a little bit quicker than I expected, but it was better. The result is that things are growing. It's even easier to grow more, but that is what we're trying to do.

Crash.net:
Does the renewed success apply more pressure ahead of 2015?

Felipe Massa:
A little bit, yes. As long as the team is more competitive, is bigger, you have more pressure. It's a good pressure that we have, honestly, I think it's good to be part of the people looking to you and respecting you. Pressure is part of the job, but I don't think we care so much about it. We've just got to be working, improving and being more and more competitive.

Crash.net:
We've just completed the second test of the pre-season - do you feel the FW37 is a step forward over the FW36?

Felipe Massa:
I think so. It was a good start, but it's too early [to tell]. The car we have now is not really the car we're going to start the season with. When you have everything, the package in the car, I think you can understand better. We're still using old pieces in the car, maybe next week we can have some new pieces already. I think it's too early to say, but the car is performing very well, the car is more stable, with better traction, which is something we were struggling with last year. I hope we can put everything and see a good result from the car.

Crash.net:
What other improvements do you think need to come from this car?

Felipe Massa:
Maybe downforce. We still need to work on trying to put the car more and more on the floor and improving on that as well. For example, the Circuit de Catalunya is a track that last year we were struggling at - it was not a great track for our car. If you see that maybe we are there, fighting and maybe doing good results, and doing good race simulation as well, it's positive. For the moment, I think things are going well.

Crash.net:
What is your programme for the third and final test?

Felipe Massa:
We have another 4 days and we should concentrate more on the set up work but also on the race simulation. That work is important.

Crash.net:
Have you had a chance to evaluate your rivals for 2015 - where do you expect the competition to come from?
Felipe Massa:
Mercedes for me is the strongest team. I think Ferrari made an improvement and Red Bull was pretty quick as well. It's too early to say. The important thing is that we are there. That's what counts as well.

Crash.net:
Can you tell how much Mercedes is holding back?

Felipe Massa:
It is impossible to answer that. For me, they're still the strongest team for the moment. If it's more or less, we don't know... I hope it's less!

Crash.net:
You expressed frustration at losing points at certain races, be it through accident, strategic errors or problems... with this in mind are you approaching this year's races any differently?

Felipe Massa:
We are where we expect, so now we need to keep pushing to improving. Or maybe we will get to the the first race and we are not be where we expect, so we need to work harder and improve things quicker. So we need to wait and see. But I hope it's the first thing! [laughs]

Crash.net:
Valtteri has proven to be a good benchmark for you - is beating him a particular target in 2015?

Felipe Massa:
Well, I think you know, Valtteri is a very strong driver, so I know he will be competitive. I know he can be maybe quicker, but maybe I can be quicker, so I think we are there competing with each other and that's the point, that's what counts. I hope we can give to the team the best that we can every race. We know how important it is for the team. But if you're good, if you're better, I can be there. I can be fighting and I can show what I was showing in the second part of the season.

Crash.net:
As one of the most experienced drivers on the grid, what do you make of Max Verstappen's rapid rise to F1?

Felipe Massa:
To be honest, I think he is amazing. He is a fantastic driver. He has won in everything he did until now, but it's too early [to be in F1]. We cannot move things so quickly like that - he hasn't got even a driving licence. When I started I was 20. It was too young. I think if I'd have started maybe one year after, it would have been better for me, just to have had one more year's experience. I think he can be quick, no problem, but I think that experience counts, maybe in some details where he could cause some accidents or cause some problems, but I hope it won't happen to him. Whether they're planning to change or not, the FIA should put him inside [the ruling] because why now just because the guy is starting at 17? They allow him to Toro Rosso, then they change the day after.

Crash.net:
What do you make of the Superlicence rules themselves?

Felipe Massa:
Honestly, I think they need to work to improve the categories. If the driver goes from the go-kart to F3 one year and then to F1, why do we have GP3, GP2...? They need to work to have the drivers in these categories for this experience. That's why maybe they're planning to change the rules also to help with the other categories otherwise it doesn't count, it doesn't matter. I think there needs to be a limit in terms of age to start as well.

Crash.net
There is plenty of discussion about the future direction of F1 at the moment and Ferrari made its feelings clear last week with its concept vision - what did you make of it?

Felipe Massa:
It looks nice. It looks like what we had in the past to be honest. It looks from 2008, when the car was completely aerodynamic, it looks much nicer, it's beautiful. But I think we need to understand the rules we have now, and I think going for this type of rules, it's difficult to change things from one year to another as they need to prepare things before. I know how the situation is. They're just complaining because of the engine, because they didn't have the best engine. If they have the best engine, they will never complain. It's like that. When you're not winning it's easy to complain!

Crash.net
Do you feel F1 should take away some of the future decision-making processes from the teams to ensure changes are the best for the sport and not for specific teams.

Felipe Massa:
This is Formula 1, it was always like that. Maybe they will change the regulations and they will still have a team that is maybe struggling who will start to complain. It's like that. It's not just Formula 1, racing is like that.

Crash.net
So what is Felipe Massa's vision for the future of F1?

Felipe Massa:
My vision is to try and improve maybe more the mechanical grip. Not taking away completely the aerodynamics but trying to improve more the mechanical grip. The engine I like, I mean it's a really strong engine to have. It's not easy to drive, so it's interesting. The noise I don't like. But it's a little bit better this year I would say.

Crash.net
Do you think the cars are louder?

Felipe Massa:
Yes, go to the track and you will see! If you go to the track and you will see that the Force India has the old engine and when it passes, you will see the difference between him to the others.

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