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Massa Making “Good Progress” in Testing

Massa feels comfortable ahead of Formula E debut after several test days with Venturi…

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Felipe Massa believes he is making good progress as he prepares for his first season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship after completing several test days with Venturi.

The 11-time Formula 1 race winner signed a three-year deal with the Monegasque team in May and will make his competitive debut at December’s Season Five opener in Riyadh.

“I’m learning quickly the tires, the battery, how is the style especially in the different qualifying and race pace, so good progress is being made I feel,” Massa told e-racing365.

“We still have many more days [of testing] to come so I will be ready but the real tracks I don’t know, so that is where the Venturi sim is very useful.”

The 37-year-old thinks the second-generation car will be easier to adapt to than the outgoing model, owing in part to the active braking system.

“This car is much better for me than the old one and it is a big step forward in so many areas particularly the brakes which are a lot more intelligent,” he said.

“The more power and the better tires suit me better but I am still learning but it is difficult to say for sure as I have no real experience with the old car to compare things so much.”

He says he felt “pretty comfortable” on street circuits during his Formula 1 career and hopes that will play into his favor in Formula E, despite only having one city-center Grand Prix win to his name.

“I like street circuits and I won in Valencia [in 2008] but at Monaco I just missed on winning because Lewis [Hamilton] got quite lucky after crashing there and then coming from last to first with the safety car help a little. Otherwise I could have won,” he said.

“I’ve had pole at Singapore and podiums at Monaco so just because I never won doesn’t mean I was not competitive on street tracks because I really was pretty comfortable on them.”

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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    August 19, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Despite his massive F1 experience it’s difficult to judge where he’s standing right now as first he has to learn all circuits and the race pace with regen and so on. We cannot expect that he will start winning races at his first year but that he will improve gradually as his confidence grows. Difficult to know where Venturi does stand now too. It’s a new chassis for every team and all of them developed new powertrains for it. So far it’s a big unknown in many areas really and we’ll only have a glimpse in the first race three months for now..

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