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Motor racing: Massa on top for Williams, Vettel sidelined

Published on Mar 2, 2014 6:12 AM
Felipe Massa of Williams F1 team drives on Feb 28, 2014, during a four-day testing period at Bahrain's Sakhir circuit ahead of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Brazilian Felipe Massa put Williams on top on the penultimate day of pre-season testing in Bahrain on Saturday while Red Bull's quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel failed to complete a lap.

Massa, who moved from Ferrari at the end of last year, completed 99 laps in the Mercedes-powered FW36 car and set the fastest time yet in seven days of testing at the Sakhir desert circuit.

"I'm really happy with the car and feel we found a good balance," said the 32-year-old, who carried out a full qualifying simulation on supersoft tyres towards the end of the afternoon.

"You can never be sure that you are 100 per cent ready for the first race but I feel that what we have done in these days testing has been important for making sure that we have a car that can not only get to the end of the race but that will have good performance as well."

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