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Massa believes Ferrari tests 'positive'

ESPN Staff
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Felipe Massa has described Ferrari's recent aerodynamic tests as "positive" for the rest of the season.

Ferrari carried out some straight-line aerodynamic tests ahead of the Indian Grand Prix in order to analyse the behaviour of its updates following trouble with its wind tunnel results. Massa said that the team had managed to gain a better understanding of its recent issues, and believes that can form the foundation for improved performance between now and the end of the year.

"I think we understood some important things about pieces that didn't work in some races, and I think that's important to try to understand a good direction to make the car quicker for these last four races," Massa said. "Anyway, the most important thing is to understand; when you bring some pieces and it doesn't work and you don't understand then it's a problem, when you start to understand why it didn't work then that's a positive. So I hope we can improve the car now and try to have a stronger car in these last four races."

Looking at the championship picture as a whole, Massa said his contribution would need to be significant in order to help both his team-mate Fernando Alonso in the drivers' championship and also Ferrari in the constructors'.

"I think the best way to help is to be strong, to be in the good direction, to be strong, to put the car in front, to take points away from other cars as well. Not just to help Fernando but also to help the team; we are fighting with little difference of points compared to McLaren - not so little compared to Red Bull - but anyway I think that's important for the team as well so I need to concentrate on scoring points race-by-race."