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Felipe Massa: “I hope we start well in the first race”

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Felipe Massa ended his pre-season with the third fastest time at the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday and feels ready now to attack the new season that begins in earnest later this month in Australia.

The Williams Martini Racing driver completed 129 laps of the Spanish circuit, setting a best time of 1m23.644s after a day of mainly focusing on aero and development work to prepare for the first Grand Prix, and the Brazilian is hoping the team are competitive straight away in 2016.

“Today was another good day for us,” said Massa, who had been second on the time sheets on day three of the test on Thursday. “We managed to do a lot of laps again.

“I’m really happy with this week, the amount of laps we did, and the work we have done to understand the car. Today was a similarly successful day to yesterday. We will know more about where we are in Australia.

“I am happy and totally ready to start the season. Not just me but everybody. The mechanics, the engineers, the whole team. We’ve done a good job to prepare the car in the best way, so I hope we start well in the first race.”

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