Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Massa impressed by Merc engines

Wednesday 12th March 2014

 RSS

Share:

Massa impressed by Merc engines

Massa impressed by Merc engines

Felipe Massa has credited Williams' change in fortune during testing to their new engine supplier, saying Mercedes have played a major role.

After two seasons with Renault, the Grove squad signed a long-term deal with the German manufacturer and they immediately showed major signs of improvement during pre-season.

While the Renault-powered teams have struggled due to the rule changes, those using Merc's 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines have no reliability problems.

"The best thing Williams did was to sign with Mercedes," Massa is quoted as saying by Autosport. "I'm so happy with the way they are working, with how professional they are and the understanding they have about things.

"They are not just controlling the engine. They understand a lot about the car, a lot about the setup, a lot about so many things that also help us to understand things quickly.

"So it was a very good change."

Having finished ninth in the 2013 Constructors' Championship with just five points, Williams are upbeat of improving this year, especially after the signing of former Ferrari driver Massa.

Asked if the team can maintain the pace of development in 2014, the Brazilian replied: "I'm confident because I think we have good people.

"I really believe in this team and believe that they have the potential to be competitive and that they have the understanding to develop well.

"The correlation between the windtunnel and the track works and that is a good thing. Everything that we brought to the track worked.

"We are just at the beginning. There is still a lot to do and the work from the people [in the team] is on a high level."

Keeping Cool In Abu Dhabi

Editor's Picks

Gallery: Title Celebrations

Gallery: Title Celebrations

Lewis, his family and Mercedes all celebrated the Brit's 2014 Drivers' Championship success in Abu Dhabi...

Winners & Losers: Abu Dhabi

Winners & Losers: Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton finally achieved the points difference that all his 2014 performances have justified...

The 2014 Season In Numbers

The 2014 Season In Numbers

The Championships both went to Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton securing the drivers. But who finished P6? Find out...

NTF1News: Disney Movie

NTF1News: Disney Movie

Among news items this week, tales of the Honey Badger, plus Disney's new movie about the engine row - Un-Frozen...

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Nico Rosberg kept his lock-ups to a minimum as Turn 4 came back to haunt Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos...