• European Grand Prix - FP2

Massa yet to show true pace

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Felipe Massa: "I could have ended up significantly higher on the final time sheet" © Sutton Images
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Felipe Massa believes he could have gone faster in Friday practice for the European Grand Prix after ending up 15th in the standings at the end of FP2.

"It's a shame I made a mistake on my first timed lap on the soft tyres, right at the start of the lap" he said. "My time, also taking into account I was one of the first to switch to the option, could definitely have been better and I could have ended up significantly higher on the final time sheet, for what that's worth on a Friday afternoon.

"There is still much work to be done, because I expect we will see some cars going very quickly tomorrow, but also over a distance, the situation is not too bad: there's a bit of a performance drop from the tyres, but all in all, the times were good. The wind? It was a nuisance, especially at some points of the track where it made it very easy to lock the fronts."

Massa said his main focus was on development parts for the Ferrari F2012, but he is happy he has a good setup ahead of qualifying.

"We did a huge amount of work on development of the updates we brought here and now, with the data in our hands, we will try and choose those things that can give us an improvement in performance terms already right from this weekend. This morning I worked mainly on a series of aerodynamic comparisons, so I definitely did not use the tyres or the car in the best way possible. The afternoon went much better, when I was pleased with the balance and the car's handling out on track.

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