Felipe Massa says that an issue with his brakes locking the rear wheels “destroyed the pace” of his Venturi VFE05 in last weekend’s Sanya E-Prix.
Massa salvaged a point after moving into the top ten due to a penalty handed out to his teammate Edoardo Mortara for failing to trigger his second Attack Mode boost.
This means that Massa now sits 15th in the standings having scored 15 points from six races.
His difficulties in Sanya are believed to have been caused by an as yet unidentified issue which affected the handling of his car and the overuse of his Michelin rear tires.
“I was really struggling the whole race, especially after maybe ten laps, with oversteer, traction,” Massa told e-racing365.
“I saw my car at the end of the race and the rear right is really like a snake which is not normal.
“It was really tough when I was using the regen and it was locking the rear tire easily. [It] maybe changed a lot my balance and destroyed the pace.”
Despite the disappointment of Sanya, Massa believes that it will still be a useful experience for both his and the Venturi VFE05’s development this season.
“I didn’t have the pace, so we just need to understand what happened,” he said.
“It was not really a great race for me, I finished one position from the points [on the road] and I think I need to work a little bit more on the race pace.
“The safety car didn’t count, so, in the end, I’m not happy with the result here, but it’s still part of learning, developing and hopefully it will be better in the next race.”
Massa was unsure whether the humid conditions contributed to his difficulties in the race, saying: “I don’t know, temperature doesn’t help, but I don’t think it is the big issue. I think that it’s something not working the right way.”
“We just need to check, analyze and try to understand what happened here this weekend and then get back to what we built in Hong Kong.”