Barcelona Hosts Winter F1 Tests

Barcelona racing circuit has reportedly hosted 2nd turn of winter F1 tests that was participated by 9 teams.

The very first day saw Pastor Maldonado winning the race on behalf of Lotus, along with around 69 laps, beating Kimi Räikkönen from Ferrari. Kimi came 2nd with 73 laps & a wee difference of 0.1. the 3rd place was taken up by Daniel Ricciardo from red Bull who had 58 laps.

The 2ns day saw Ricciardo winning the 1st place with the fastest time record & largest sum of laps over the previous 4 days- 143 laps in total. The second place went to Kimi from Ferrari again akin to the 1st day and there was a very tiny difference of stay 90 laps. The 3rd place was taken by Felipe Massa from Williams.

The 3rd & penultimate day saw Venezuelan Maldonado taking the first place on Barcelona circuit. Max Verstappen from Toro Rosso came up with the 2nd position. While Maldonado finished 104 laps, Max completed around 129 laps. Lewis Hamilton, the reigning world champion took the 3rd position and was a mere 1.7 secs away from Maldonado.

Felipe Massa Brings New Engineer

Dave Robson takes over function at McLaren after working years with Button. The senior performance engineer post was given to Andrew Murdoch who finally got promoted.

Toto Wolff, the head of the German McLaren Mercedes said that in the main competition of the World Cup winning team having builders and pilots are Lewis Hamilton, NicoRosberg along with Williams in the first second.

Felipe Massa Optimistic About The Upcoming Season

Felipe Massa intends to participate in the next year’s formula one championship. Felipe Massa was excluded from the Ferrari team after the 2013 season. He joined team Williams for the 2014 season.

Massa got the seventh place in this year’s Formula one standings.  The total number of laps led by him and his total points he got this year were his highest since the 2010 season and his contribution helped team Williams get the third place in F1 constructor’s championship. In the 2014 season, it seemed that the star of Massa’s driving team was Valteri Bottas, who is younger than Massa, but Massa still thinks that his performance level is high enough.

Felipe Massa said that certain things happened at the beginning of this year’s season which were responsible for him not being able to achieve good results. Massa said that though the start of this year’s championship has not been one that he likes but he is happy with the way the season ended. He said that he is happy with the second part of this season and he also said that he is excited about the next year’s competition. Massa is hopeful of performing better in the upcoming year’s competition. He also hopes that the car for the next season will be better. According o Massa, they will be aiming at winning throughout the next season and also becoming victorious in the next year’s Formula one championship. Massa said that he has been able to get the second place in the last race and he is hopeful of competing in the interlagos and also in Abu Dhabi next year having a chance to participate in the next year’s F1 championship.

Massa being so positive about the upcoming season may be regarded by some as being overambitious but according to him, it is possible that his team, Williams will be able to achieve great results in the upcoming season.

Kimi failing psychologically at Ferrari, says Felipe Massa

Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa thinks psychology has a lot to do with the struggles of Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari this season more than technical issues or the set up of the car of the Finn.

Raikkonen has been outgunned by team mate Fernando Alonso as many as fourteen times out of the sixteen races this season and is a whooping 94 points ahead of the Finn in the Drivers’ Championship standings, finishing second to Raikkonen only once in the races that they have both finished.

The former Lotus F1 driver has repeatedly claimed that he has failed to find the ideal set up for his car but the team has defended him and the team principal even claimed that his form has improved a lot over the last few races.

However, Felipe Massa, who raced for Ferrari for a long time and partnered Alonso till last season believes Raikkonen has not adapted psychologically to the pressures of racing for the prancing horse despite racing for the team before and winning a Formula One Drivers’ World Championship with them as well.

Massa said that it is not easy being the teammate of the former two time world champion Alonso and he believes Kimi is having this problem for certain in his head.

The Brazilian said that it is extremely difficult to be Alonso’s teammate, simply because he is a world champion and an amazing driver. He is perhaps the most complete driver in the sport at the time and that has shown in his races where he has single handedly kept the underperforming Ferrari afloat.

Felipe Massa also hailed Alonso as one of the quickest drivers in the circuit and the most consistent, too and to top it off, he has everything in his repertoire a driver needs to succeed.