Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa reckons that the resurfacing done at Interlagos, the home of the Brazilian Grand Prix has improved the grip at the circuit.

Interlagos has undergone a full resurfacing prior to this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, and the Brazilian is confident that the Grove-outfit can maintain its strong form as the weekend progresses and the track continues to rubber in.

“Today was about understanding the car and its balance on the new asphalt,” the Brazilian said who finished the second practice session in sixth place.

“The grip was actually pretty good and felt better than it did in recent years, but because it’s quite brand new, quite dirty and the track temperatures were very high, it was difficult to get a real understanding of the car’s balance on the long run,” Massa continued.

“The car is feeling pretty good so we are starting from a good base, and as the track continues improving I hope we can follow that progression with the handling to make sure we are in the hunt for tomorrow’s qualifying.”

Team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who missed out the first session in favour of reserve driver and new Sauber recruit Felipe Nasr, ended the day fifth fastest.

“There was a bit of graining on the Option tyres but nothing major and they seemed to be lasting better than last year because of the smoother track surface,” the Finn said.

“We still have work to do with the balance of the car but the initial feeling is pretty good.”

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Michael Terminello

Journalist at MotorsportM8
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