By Harold Heckle, AP, 6 February 2013
|© AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti
Ferrari driver Felipe Massa said his car felt much more predictable this season compared to last after driving on the opening day of first pre-season test at Jerez on Tuesday.
He said last year the team had taken far too long trying to understand why the car didn't respond as anticipated.
The Brazilian driver said he had "suffered a lot" last year on Pirelli tyres. On this year's Pirellis, Massa said it felt "much more grippy, softer" than last year's equivalents. "Jerez is a circuit that degrades tyres a lot, so you can't necessarily take it as a benchmark for the whole season, but I was happy with them."
Massa, who was sixth fastest, said the times looked similar to last year's, with Jenson Button fastest. "I'm not sure how much fuel he was carrying, but yes, it's a phenomenally fast time he's set," Massa said.
Edited AP report
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