- British GP - FP2
Ferrari and Red Bull back in the hunt - Massa
Felipe Massa says the resurgence of Ferrari and Red Bull in Silverstone makes the loss of track time which followed his FP1 crash even more frustrating.
Massa put his car in the wall on the exit of Stowe after the first half hour of FP1, getting out of shape and running onto the asphalt, missing the rest of the session as well as a significant chunk of FP2. Ferrari and Red Bull were both off the pace of Mercedes and Williams in Austria but appeared to have made significant gains on the latter in Silverstone, something Massa is concerned about.
When asked if Williams could repeat its impressive Austria exploits, Massa said: "I think it will be more difficult on this track, definitely. We have seen already that Ferrari and Red Bull are stronger than the last track so we need to try to see what we can do, it won't be so easy, the fight."
Though he did get back on track, Massa admits the useful data obtained from that session was limited as Williams had to put old parts back on the car to fix the damage.
"For sure it was not a very positive day for me because of the crash. I'm very disappointed to have that crash, to start the session. I lost time on the second session and I had to put some old pieces on the car that were old spec - which shouldn't be a problem for tomorrow, but today yes [it was]."
When asked if the crash and subsequent loss of track time will effect him going into FP3 on Saturday morning, Massa said: "A little bit, yes. Not 100% but a little bit. For sure, we need to keep working and improving the set-up for tomorrow as well."
Susie Wolff stopped out on track in FP1, suffering a similar issue to Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes in FP2, before Valtteri Bottas' engine cover appeared to blow off in the afternoon session, but Massa says the team is not too worried about either incident.
"I did not have anything. I am also using a very old engine and the engine from Valtteri is a very old engine. There's already extra mileage on the engine so it was not really a big issue."