• British Grand Prix - FP2

Analysis of car 'impossible' for Massa

ESPN Staff
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Felipe Massa was 15th quickest in FP2 - 4.2s off the pace of Lewis Hamilton © Sutton Images

Felipe Massa said that it was "impossible" to analyse how competitive Ferrari is after Friday's practice sessions for the British Grand Prix.

Although a wet weekend is predicted, many drivers opted to conserve tyres and run very little during the two practice sessions at Silverstone. Massa said that Ferrari's workload was ruined by the weather and that he couldn't work out if the upgrades the team had brought were working well but admitted he would need to do more running on Saturday.

"The weather made this a difficult day," Massa said. "It rained all the time and upset our workload therefore we decided therefore to do only a little running to save tyres for tomorrow and Sunday. Obviously this meant we were not able to test the way we wanted, especially when it came to the small updates we have brought to this Grand Prix. I did only three timed laps, so it's impossible to say anything about how the F2012 is behaving on this track. Tomorrow, regardless of the conditions, we will try and do more laps to be as well prepared as possible for qualifying and the race. We will try and do what we can."

Technical director Pat Fry admitted the updates were small, but said it was important to know if they worked because Ferrari is now looking for smaller gains than earlier in the season.

"We had a few updates, nothing revolutionary, to try but obviously, we could not do much in these conditions," Fry said. "So we tried to do what we could, for example some practice starts, putting off until tomorrow the task of preparing for qualifying and the race. Certainly, if the rain was to continue to play its part, then we will have to be clever in managing the situation as well as possible. We continue to push on the development of the F2012, because now that we have significantly reduced the gap to the best, compared to where we were at the start of the season, it becomes increasingly difficult to make progress: the pace and effectiveness of the updates will be the key to the rest of the season."