After seven years at Ferrari it seems Felipe Massa is enjoying adjusting to his new surroundings at Williams.
The Brazilian was dropped by the Scuderia in place of the returning Kimi Raikkonen for 2014, however, after making the move from Maranello to Grove the 32-year-old is embracing a new challenge.
“To be honest, I feel that I needed this change, and maybe it’s the same for Ferrari,” said Massa, speaking at a media event this week in Sao Paulo.
“When time passes and the situation is the same, you end up losing motivation,” he admitted.
Asked how he was settling in at a team that is looking for a rebirth after several years in the doldrums, Massa admitted he enjoyed having a greater input in what the team does.
“I’m very happy,” said the 2008 runner-up, “especially the way I was received by Williams.
“Since the first day I arrived at the factory, everyone helped me a lot, embracing me 100 per cent and believing in my potential.
“In Williams I am being heard,” Massa continued, “but that doesn’t mean Ferrari didn’t hear me. They listened to me very well.
The Brazilian then also revealed something about his former team-mate that might surprise a few in the paddock.
“Last year I worked on the development of the car, and in the simulator I was practically the only driver, because Alonso wasn’t there,” he claimed.
However, Massa did not believe this was anything to do with Ferrari’s lack of development and therefore performance compared to the likes of Red Bull, instead he put that squarely down to the team’s now refurbished wind tunnel.
“Many times we saw that it didn’t work as it should have,” he explained. “At most Grands Prix we had new parts, but they didn’t work on the car.
“We began with a competitive car and ended with an un-competitive one, which was the opposite of Red Bull.”
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