Felipe Massa continued his impressive second pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Wednesday, setting the second fastest time of the day despite only running in the morning session.
The Williams Martini Racing driver, who had finished fastest on day one, set a best time of 1:19.420, three-tenths of a second faster than he managed on Tuesday, but ended up 0.110 seconds down on the pace set by former team-mate and current Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team racer Valtteri Bottas.
Massa was happy with how the FW40 ran during the day and although near the top of the timing screens on two consecutive days, he knows it is difficult to judge just where the team are compared to their rivals.
“It was a good morning,” said Massa. “We completed all of our programmes and, like yesterday, I had a good feeling in the car. We’re happy with everything we tried in terms of set-up and trying different tyres.
“I’ve had a very good day and a half, but hopefully this is just the beginning and we can finish testing well. I’m very happy with what I’ve seen and what I feel in the car. It’s still difficult to know where we are compared to the others, but the car is definitely looking positive.”