• Singapore Grand Prix - FP2

Difficult Friday confuses Massa

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Felipe Massa: "The car wasn't right all day and I also suffered particularly badly with tyre degradation" © Sutton Images
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Felipe Massa said he struggled in both practice sessions for the Singapore Grand Prix, and although Ferrari found a problem with his car it did entirely not explain his lack of pace.

Massa finished first practice 16th and second practice ninth, but was over 1.5s off the pace of the frontrunners. He said the car was too hard on its tyres and he is not sure what the problem is.

"It wasn't an easy day for me," he said. "The car wasn't right all day and I also suffered particularly badly with tyre degradation in both sessions. At the end of the second session, we found something that wasn't working properly, but that doesn't explain all my problems."

Massa said he has some ideas of how to improve the car and that it was crucial he found a fix before qualifying.

"We must find out what happened so we can fix it for the rest of the weekend. We have reasonably clear ideas about the direction to go in when it comes to set-up: one thing's certain, there's a lot of work to do."

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