Ferrari needs 'a lot more work'
Massa hints Ferrari are struggling to understand their new car
Last Updated: 09/02/12 8:02pm
Felipe Massa: Ferrari driver completed 95 laps on day two of pre-season testing
Felipe Massa has admitted there is plenty still to be done to turn the F2012 into a title challenger and hinted Ferrari are struggling to understand their new car.
The Brazilian was seventh fastest on the second day of pre-season testing, completing 95 laps of the Jerez circuit.
"Actually there is a lot of work," said Massa. "It is a brand new car and it is not a (type of) car that we had in the last years; even to start with.
"It is a brand new car and it is not a (type of) car that we had in the last years; even to start with. So it is a car that needs a lot more work, a car that you need a lot more things to try as well."
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"So it is a car that needs a lot more work, a car that you need a lot more things to try as well.
"Today I did so many laps, just trying such different things on the car...it was a programme really in the direction to understand every single point from the car.
"I think it was so many things to do which it was not the case in the past on the first day even."
Massa, who hands over to Spain's double world champion Fernando Alonso for Thursday, said it was the 'little stuff' that the team had to understand.
Asked whether there had been any unwelcome surprises, he said that was always to be expected in a new car.
"Sometimes you don't see the result that you expect. Some other parts as well, you have a different direction," added Massa.
"A new car is always like that. I think it is just the beginning of a big job to have a consistent and competitive car."
The F2012 has a distinctive stepped nose like other new cars, with the exception of McLaren, but is generally agreed to be the ugliest of the bunch.
That was one thing that Massa was not in the last worried about.
"We don't see the front wing. We just look to the front so we can't see this new step which is very ugly to be honest," he smiled.