Massa: Ferrari has no advantage

Felipe Massa is happy with Ferrari's preparation for the 2010 Formula 1 season, but does not believe it heads for Bahrain with any advantage over its rivals

Massa: Ferrari has no advantage

The 28-year-old Brazilian, who spent much of the final Barcelona test day running with a heavy fuel load, finished third quickest today.

Ferrari has been strong at all the pre-season tests - topping all three days at Valencia at the start of the month and regularly setting a strong pace on long runs. But Massa pointed to the narrow margins at the test today: eight cars were within half a second of Lewis Hamilton's fastest lap for McLaren.

"I'm satisfied with the whole of testing, not just Barcelona," said Massa. "Valencia and Jerez too - we did what we wanted to do, but it looks like it will be a very tough and competitive championship.

"We never expected to have an advantage and to go to the first race and win in an easy way, definitely not. We expect to have a competitive car, and this I think we have done. The car is reliable, but also consistent, and that is what we want to start the season.

"We are not here to be the champions of the pre-season. We are here to work on the car, to try to have a good championship and fighting for the championship."

Massa also says that he is working extremely well with new team-mate Fernando Alonso, who has already claimed the F10 is the best F1 machine he has ever driven.

"My relationship is good with everybody," said Massa. "I never had any problems with team-mates.

"I'm 100 per cent sure that I will never have a problem with Fernando. We work well together, and that's what's important.

"He is intelligent and knows that what is important to the team is to have a great car. I know that as well, so we are working very well in a good direction."

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