Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa has conceded that the Ferrari has a lot more pace compared to his Williams car after he lost out to new Ferrari signing Sebastian Vettel in the race to finish behind the two Mercedes cars at the season’s curtain raiser at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne last weekend.
The Brazilian was cruising comfortably in his starting position of third behind the two pace setting Mercedes cars of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg before being caught behind the Red Bull Racing car of Daniel Ricciardo which allowed Vettel to pass him on lap 20. Massa eventually finished behind the German in fourth position, a full 4 seconds behind.
Massa reckons that although Ferrari might have had the faster car, he would have managed to keep Vettel in check if he had not lost time behind Ricciardo. He said that it is true that the Ferrari is faster than the Williams, but still, not by much and could at most be one – tenths of a second.
He mentioned that being in front was the best option he had because the track at Albert Park is not easy for overtaking manoeuvres and to lose from that position is not easy to digest. He mentioned that he is a bit disappointed but it is still the start and there are still a lot more races to go before the season is over. (more…)