Felipe Massa draws comparisons between debut F1 season and Venturi Formula E campaign

Massa is 14th in the Drivers’ Standings, having struggled for consistency during his first year in the all-electric championship.

The Brazilian has 36 points after 11 rounds with a best finish of third in Monaco, leaving him 16 points adrift of Venturi team-mate Edoardo Mortara.

Massa had a slow start to the campaign with no points from the first three races but scored in six of the following eight and has emphasised the similarities between this season and his first year in F1.

Speaking exclusively to Express Sport, Massa said: “I enjoyed both! I enjoyed my first season with Sauber, for sure.

“I had a lot less experience there but I did a good job, had some good races like what is happening more or less similar here.

“Unfortunately here [with Venturi] we had some technical issues, some mistakes from me and the team that took away some important points.

“But we had some good races as well. In the end, the two seasons were not so different.

“I think I learned a lot in the first year here and I am a lot more ready to keep fighting at the top level.

“Next year I really hope we can have a more competitive car as well as this is quite important.”

Despite the current standings, Massa has actually outperformed Mortara in recent races with the Swiss driver having failed to register points at the previous six events.

Venturi have endured problems with failing driveshafts this season while the car has lacked pace compared to the frontrunners – although Mortara did inherit the team’s debut win when Sam Bird was disqualified in Hong Kong.

Massa will head into the second season of a three-year deal with the Monegasque outfit looking to climb on the top step for the first time since his infamous victory in the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix – where he missed out on the world championship by a single point to Lewis Hamilton.

The 38-year-old achieved three top-six finishes in his breakthrough F1 campaign with Sauber in 2002 before going on to notch 11 wins for Ferrari during an eight-year spell with the Scuderia.

The Brazilian veteran will hope to end his current Formula E campaign on a high note in New York, although he could only manage 21st in qualifying for Race One in Brooklyn.

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