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Williams with a positive balance: So far not a single defect

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F Elipe Massa finally wants to win another Grand Prix this year . It would be the first since Brazil 2008. If you take the test drives as a benchmark, then the Brazilian has every reason to be optimistic.

Not only because he was on the ninth test day of winter, the fifth in Barcelona , topped the timesheet for the first time. Not even because he set the fastest Barcelona time to date with 1.23.500 minutes. Much more important are Massa's 103 laps and another problem-free day. 'So far we have not stopped once with a defect.'

In contrast to Mercedes, who, despite the greatest mileage of all teams, have already had a few breakdowns. A water leak, a gearbox damage, piston problems and finally a damage in the MGU-K. 'Maybe they are more at the limit with their car than we are. That is why they are also the fastest,' laughs Massa.

Williams FW37 does what it should

The Brazilian is on the best time not much. He scored it with the soft tires. 'I'm more proud of my fastest lap with medium tires. That was a time of 1.24.6 minutes. On a lap on which I gave away a tenth because I had to overtake a car at Turn 3.' For comparison: Last Sunday (23.2.) Nico Rosberg drove 1.24.3 minutes on medium soles.

At the beginning of the last week of testing, the Williams FW37 was already equipped with many new parts, including the new rear wing. 'There is still something to come. At the end of the week we will be close to the specification that we are racing in Melbourne,' reveals Massa.

The impression of the upgrade was consistently positive. 'We still have the fastest car on the straight. Nevertheless, we have increased downforce. The car is easier to drive, more stable in the rear, better balanced. Only the tire wear still needs to be worked on.'

Massa believes that between Williams, Ferrari and Red Bull it's about second place behind Mercedes. 'Ferrari has clearly improved. Red Bull has not yet convinced me one hundred percent, especially not in the long run. But we don't know what our opponents still have up their sleeves. I can only say one thing: our car does what it should. Barcelona were not one of our strongest circuits last year because of our downforce deficit. And that's where we made up a lot of time. That's a positive sign. '


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