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Massa: Debut Season a “Learning Curve”

Felipe Massa upbeat about rookie Formula E season despite frustrations and errors…

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Felipe Massa has described his first season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as a “learning curve” and one that was compromized by both technical difficulties and errors.

The Venturi driver made a long-awaited Formula E debut in December but didn’t score his first points until the fourth round in Mexico City.

From then on, Massa went on a streak of scoring points in four of the next five races, peaking with his first podium at the Monaco E-Prix in May.

His 36-point haul placed him 15th in the final points standings 16 behind his teammate Edoardo Mortara.

“For sure I cannot be so happy to see our position in the championship,” Massa told e-racing365.

“But it doesn’t mean my season was bad. I think I did some very good races and I did some very good qualifying and I showed some good pace.

“In the races we had a lot of problems. I lost a lot of points because of technical issues, because of mistakes that happened from my side and also from the team side.

“But I had some very good races and some very good understanding about the car, about the tracks.”

Massa says he’s pleased with his performance compared to teammate Edoardo Mortara, whom he narrowly beat on qualifying performances by 7-6, and HWA Racelab’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Gary Paffett, who were driving similar Venturi cars.

“I didn’t know any [of the Formula E] circuits so I expected to have the first season as a learning curve and I think it was more or less in the way I expected,” he said.

“So I think if we also compare my performance with all my teammates, which is Edo, but also the HWA [drivers] I think I’m doing a good job to be honest, especially taking into consideration all the points that I lost.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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