• Australian Grand Prix - FP2

'Difficult first day back' for Massa

ESPNF1 Staff
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Felipe Massa only completed 11 laps during FP1 due to his spin © Sutton Images
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Felipe Massa described Friday's practice sessions for the Australian Grand Prix as "a rather difficult first day back".

During the first practice session Massa spun in to the gravel to bring his running to a premature end, leaving him with very little dry track time across the day. With the Ferrari looking a handful for both drivers, Massa admitted that it had not been a smooth day and explained the error that led to the end of his FP1.

"Today was a rather difficult first day back, because we could not do as many laps as we had planned," Massa said. "The rain complicated matters in both the first and the second session. In the first one, I also went off track, which cost me a bit of time: as I was braking, I got the left rear wheel on the grass and the car took off on its own, only stopping in the gravel on the escape road."

Massa also said that he didn't get the opportunity to work out if the car felt any different from pre-season testing due to the conditions.

"In the second session, the rain meant the track was wet for a long time and only towards the end was I able to fit the dry tyres. All things considered, it wasn't really possible to understand much as to where we are compared to the others. I did too few laps to say if the car has changed since the last day of the Barcelona test. Tomorrow afternoon, in qualifying we will all run in the same conditions so we will finally understand something!"