The solid performance by the Williams team in early testing has left Felipe Massa upbeat about the new Formula One season.
The Brazilian driver had the second-best time in last month's tests at Jerez and said the ''good start'' could play to his advantage when the season gets underway in Australia in March.
''It always helps to start well, especially now that we have a completely different car, which requires a completely different driving style,'' Massa said at a news conference on Tuesday.
Testing is seen as crucial this year as significant rules changes have been implemented, including a switch to a turbo engine and more sophisticated energy recovery systems.
Debuting with Williams after eight years with Ferrari, Massa was clearly looking forward to making a fresh start.
''I'm really motivated, this is a special moment for me,'' he said. ''I changed to a team that welcomed me with open arms. I needed this change, and I think the team needed, too.''
Massa remained cautious, ...