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New Ferrari 'much better' than 2012 - Massa

The Brazilian hopes to start fresh and a form similar to second half of last year.
Monday, February 25, 2013

February 25th (GMM).- Felipe Massa has clarified his recent assessment that the 2013 Ferrari is "on a different planet" compared to last year's red car.

Although the Brazilian struggled for much of last season, the Maranello team and Fernando Alonso recovered sufficiently so that the Spaniard was a title challenger right until the last lap.

So if the F138 is "on a different planet", why then are commentators saying Red Bull, Lotus and possibly McLaren are currently looking better in pre-season testing?

Asked about the 'planet' comment, Massa told O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper: "Yes, I said it, but I was comparing it (the F138) with what we had at the beginning of last year's testing.

"This (2013) car is good," he added, "but still 'green'. When we develop it, we will see.

"I have seen people doing good times, like Red Bull, Lotus McLaren. As far as we can talk, we will have a package of new components here (in Barcelona) next week and then in Melbourne.

"But we are in a much better condition than in 2012," said Massa.

The Brazilian also comented on starting fresh this upcoming 2013 season, aknowledging in th eprocess his uneven performance last year. The key element would be to start at far more competitive level, pretty much similar to the one in the second half of 2012.

"It's always nice to start a new season and the feeling you get thinking about a new season. Everyone starts with zero points and it's a different car as well. That's always nice and it always makes you confident and happy.

"Last year I didn't have a great season, especially the first part, but I had quite a good second part.

"I'm trying to make a complete season in a good direction from the beginning to the end. It's always a nice feeling, so I hope we can start at a good level and finish even better." Massa added.

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