It was not an easy day for Felipe Massa as the on track action got underway in Shanghai on Friday as the Brazilian suffered two left-rear punchers during the first free practice this morning. At the end of the fast Turn 5 right-hander, Massa spun as a result of the first failure with breathtaking action spinning across the gravel hardly able to control the car.
The Williams Formula 1 team had issues with Massa’s car trying to figure it out what the issue was, in the end the outfit determined that wheel rim caused problems rather than the tires themselves, in another word, contact with the brake duct, as Williams technical chief Pat Symonds confirmed. The problems were solved in the second free practice but the Brazilian was quite right telling Sky Sports F1
“Something is touching the tires or the wheel or whatever
Massa was optimistic even though they had a difficult day. He commented by saying:
It was definitely not an easy day. We had the issue in the morning but I’m confident it has been solved. Because of the morning, we lost a lot of mileage today and we need to concentrate 100% on being competitive tomorrow.
Rain is a possibility tomorrow as the Head of Performance Engineering, Rob Smedley said:
We have a lot to look at tonight to prepare for qualifying and the race because we haven’t got as many laps in on either fuel level as we would like. Rain is a possibility tomorrow; we’re supposed to get some in the late afternoon so we have to take that into account. It may rain all day or we may just have a wet qualifying, we’ll just have to deal with whatever comes.