Felipe Massa’s optimism prior to this weekend’s British Grand Prix has been replaced by a realisation that Ferrari are struggling at Silverstone.
With the track placing similar demands on the car as Barcelona it had been thought that Ferrari would be on the pace this weekend but as qualifying played out it was clear that even making it into the final qualifying shootout would be a challenge.
Fernando Alonso managed to make it into the top ten but Massa had to settle for tenth and speaking afterwards the Brazilian said:
“The car isn’t working as expected,” said Massa. “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 race but at this race we are struggling even more on new tyres here so we will wait and see what happens tomorrow.”
The Ferrari 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. 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.”